3 Teens Arrested in Connection with Swastikas Found Burned into San Dimas Lawn, on Street

April 10, 2019 - 7:05 am

(KNX 1070) -- Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies have arrested three teenagers in connection with a number of burned swastikas into yards and streets in San Dimas and Covina.

Three boys ages 13 to 14 are in custody after swastikas were found in San Dimas last week.

Los Angeles County sheriff's lieutenant Mark Skaggs tells KNX  the swastikas were found burned onto a man's lawn on Greenhaven Street.

“Statements from witnesses and the boys themselves, evidence and video from security cameras connected the three boys to these crimes,” according to a sheriff’s statement.

On Monday, April 8, the trio — identified only as a 14-year-old from Long Beach, a 13-year-old from Covina and a 13-year-old from Hemet  — were arrested and taken to Los Angeles County Juvenile Hall.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the boys used cigarette lighters and flammable aerosol cans to burn swastikas into artificial turf and asphalt roadways.

They could face potential charges of arson, hate crimes and vandalism.

The man is not Jewish and Skaggs says there's no indication the homeowner was specifically targeted.

Swastikas were also found burned onto the pavement about a block away on Valley Center Avenue.