Cars in Colfax Tagged with Obscene Graffiti

COLFAX -- Residents woke up Sunday morning in a neighborhood just south of downtown Colfax to green spray paint on their cars in shapes resembling swastikas and male genitalia.

"We've lived here for 27 years and for many, many, many of those years I would not even lock the front door," said one of the victims of the vandalism. "And now I can't even park my car in my driveway overnight without somebody vandalizing it."

Reinhard Auf Dem Venne said the vandalism does not fit the character of Colfax.

"This is a beautiful town," he said. "You know, it's safe and people are friendly. No issues."

The Placer County Sheriff's Office released photographs of the cars, hoping to generate some tips.

Depending on the motives, charges could range from vandalism all the way up to hate crimes. A spokesperson with the sheriff's office told FOX40 at this time the graffiti does not appear to be targeted hate crimes.

There were at least half a dozen vandalized cars at multiple addresses. One was next to Colfax High School.

Neighbors told FOX40 a retaining wall on Main Street was also tagged with green paint over the weekend and cleaned up quickly by the city.

Locals would like to erase the images from their minds.

"White car that was painted green, yes, and it was very sad to see that because that's not how we want Colfax to be represented," said Sharon Conners.

Residents told FOX40 the paint came off with soapy water.

There is currently no suspect information and the sheriff's office has asked anyone with any information to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-923-8191.

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