Reward offered for tips leading to BC temple vandal

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A reward is being offiered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person who vandalized a Battle Creek synagogue.

The Anti-Defamation League is contributing $2,000 and Silent Observer $3,000 for a total of $5,000.

“We condemn this cowardly, anti-Semitic incident,” ADL Regional Director Carolyn Normandin stated in a Friday news release. “Battle Creek is a vibrant community, and there is no room for such destruction of places of worship.”

The damage to Temple Beth El on Capital Avenue NE near Poplar Street was discovered on Jan. 6.  Someone had spray-painted “Lier” and a symbol over a concrete image of a menorah on the front of the building.

That same carving was damaged six weeks earlier by someone who took a chisel and hammer to it.

Battle Creek police are investigating both crimes. Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact Silent Observer online or by calling 269.964.3888.

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