Sacto 9-1-1
August 16, 2011
Antelope residents victims of widespread tagging spree

Residents of a wide swath of the Antelope community awoke this morning to graffiti on fences, cars, garages, mailboxes and an elementary school.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said a man walking his dog called the Sheriff's Department about 7 a.m. to report that he had observed a lot of spray painting and tagging that appeared to have white supremacist overtones.

Ramos said the graffiti included swastikas and some references to white supremacist gangs, but much of the tagging appeared to have no particular significance. The word "Minkus," believed to be a tagger's moniker or signature, appeared at several locations, Ramos said.

"It appears to be a widespread tagging spree with incidental references to white pride and white power," he said.

The affected area is primarily north of Elverta Road, from just west of Watt Avenue east to Palmerson Drive. Ramos said it is one of the largest tagging incidents the Sheriff's Department has encountered in terms of the size of the targeted area and number of victims.

The approximately two dozen victims included Antelope Meadows Elementary School in the 8300 block of Palmerson Drive.

Because some of the graffiti appeared to have white supremacist links, Ramos said the Sheriff's Department is investigating it as a possible hate crime.

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