Colorado Springs police are asking for the public's help in finding vandals responsible for a pair of graffiti incidents that happened earlier this week.
In one case, vandals spray painted a swastika on a menorah display Tuesday near Allegheny Drive and Rockrimmon Road in northwest Colorado Springs.
The other incident happened Monday on the south side along South Corona Avenue. In that case, the criminals used blue spray paint to scribe such notes as "I hate black people" on a car parked in a driveway and "I love the devil" on a sign at Calvary Baptist Church.
Police believe that Monday's and Tuesday's incidents are unrelated, but have categorized both as bias-motivated crimes.
According to a Colorado statute, a bias-motivated crime is one committed against a person or group "with the intent to intimidate or harass" because of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Police said investigators are actively chasing leads in both cases. Anybody with information that could help with the investigation should call 444-7000 or 634-7867 to remain anonymous.
The Colorado Springs police graffiti team removed or covered graffiti at about 14,000 graffiti tags at about 4,000 locations in 2012, police spokeswoman Barbara Miller said. The team has dealt with incidents at more than 15,000 locations since the program began in 2008.