Vehicle Fire Leads to Possible Hate Crime Investigation in Vacaville

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VACAVILLE — A vehicle fire led investigators to a possible hate crime in Vacaville.

On Monday just after 9 p.m., the Vacaville Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on William Street near downtown Vacaville.

The car was engulfed in flames and was destroyed by the fire. Prior to the fire, someone spray-painted KKK on the side of the car.

“You don’t see that kind of thing around here,” said Vacaville resident Ester Hamrick.

The owner of a nearby gas station didn’t want to go on camera, but told us the car belongs to his wife.

The owner of the car hasn’t had any problems with anyone in the neighborhood and doesn’t know why the car was targeted. He said his customers agree that the gas station business is a great addition to the area.

“I like to patronize them because they are the small business people here in Vacaville,” said resident Claire Neely.

“They’re the type of people you want as neighbors, they really are,” Hamrick said.

However, before the car was set on fire, someone also tagged the wall of the gas station, again spray-painting KKK.

Police are looking into the car fire as a possible hate crime.

Anyone with information is asked to call (707) 469-4814.

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