Police Want Public Help Identify Women Who Vandalized San Diego State’s Chabad House


Investigators are asking the public to help identify two women filmed last month vandalizing a large menorah and banner outside Chabad House at San Diego State University.

Security cameras outside Chabad House caught a woman breaking a menorah arm on the lawn outside the building around 1:30 a.m. on June 25, according to SDSU police. Another woman was seen at around the same time running away after tearing a banner that hung near the entrance to the building.

SDSU police and San Diego County Crime Stoppers released stills of the video on Thursday.

Chabad House, near Montezuma Road and College Avenue, is a center of Jewish student life in the state of San Diego. The June 25 incident was the second time the building had been targeted since April.

University police said the two women were last seen walking east on Montezuma Road towards East Falls View Drive.

(Courtesy of San Diego State University Police)

In this incident, four individuals broke into the Chabad house and stole photos and a bag of apples. They then returned the items, CBS 8 reported.

Damage to the banner and menorah is expected to cost $ 1,200 to repair or replace, police said.

After the two women vandalized the menorah and banner, they were seen at the Trujillo taco store on College Avenue and Montezuma Road, police said. The women were last seen walking east on Montezuma Road toward East Falls View Drive.

University police described one of the women seen on camera as white, in her early 20s with long brown hair. On the night of the incident, she was wearing shorts, sandals and a green sweater with “Hawaii” printed on the front in white letters, police said in a press release.

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Video Captures Chabad House Vandalism Incident on San Diego State Campus

Vandals broke the arm of a menorah outside the Chabad House at San Diego State University.

The second woman in the video is white and in her early 20s, with long brown hair that goes down almost to her waist. On the night of the incident, she was seen wearing jeans and a dark-colored long-sleeved shirt, police said.

The couple were seen with three other women that night, and police are also trying to identify and contact them.

Crime Stoppers and the Anti-Defamation League are each offering $ 1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information about the incident can call SDSU Police Inspector Traci Steckler at (619) 594-1783 or leave an anonymous message to Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.


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