FENNVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - Police in Allegan County are investigating the vandalism of alocal business. The owner of the business considers the vandalism ahate crime.
Sally Howard noticed the message "Fags don'tbelong" accompanied by a swastika over the weekend. A neighbor toldher about it Saturday morning. It was scrawled on the stockadefence that surrounds Campit Outdoor Resort , a gay and lesbian resort Howard has owned forabout 10 years with her business partner.
Campit Outdoor Resort has been in operation for about 50 years.Howard said the Fennville and Ganges Township communities have beenrespectful and supportive of her business over the years. Howardbelieves whomever wrote the hateful message is expressing fear ofthe gay and lesbian community, and is in the minority in doingso.
"It's ok with me if they don't happen to be gay-friendly," saidHoward. "It's not ok with me they choose to express it like this."
Howard called the message intimidating and offensive to theentire gay community.
Howard filed a police report with the Allegan County Sheriff'sDepartment.
Lt. Frank Baker called the incident uncommon. Baker said thedepartment is taking the case of vandalism very seriously, becauseof the targeting and intimidating nature of what was written. Bakersaid it did not rise to the level of a hate crime because noviolence was involved, but he acknowledged the potential forviolence to follow the threat.
"When [a vandalist] singles out anyone for a specific reason, itleads you to believe this is something more than possibly just arandom act of damage," said Baker.
Baker is hoping anyone with information about the vandalism willcome forward, citing it might be the only opportunity for police tocatch up with the culprit.
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