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Hate Crimes in West Richland Had Police Investigating Thursday Night

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - Hate crimes in West Richland have police investigating.

There have been four cases of various kinds of hate crimes reported in West Richland since March.

Neighbors said they are shocked, others are mad and one woman said she was scared.    

It started back in March when somebody rang the door bell and left racially motivated drawings on the door step of an African American family.

There have been three other cases of racially motivated graffiti on Kona and Royal Palm Street.  The graffiti was found on vehicles, homes, garage doors, and buildings.

Police are determined to find out who is responsible and call this extremely serious. 

There is a reward for information leading to an arrest. Police say the suspects could face felony harassment charges.

West Richland Police Detective Theresa Morrell said, "It's not going to be tolerated.  It's unacceptable and the Chief feels this needs our undivided attention and we are going to see that that happens and if that means offering a reward to get information then that's what we'll do."

Police are not disclosing the exact amount for the reward.  They say it will depend on the information they receive.

Police said they believe there is one group of people responsible for the hate crimes.

Police think there might be more victims out there and ask people to come forward if they have any information.

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