2007-01-05 / Community

Racist Graffiti At Madelaine Chocolate

By Howard Schwach

Police believe that a disgruntled employee who was fired the day before racist graffiti turned up in interior walls of a Rockaway Beach chocolate factory may have written that graffiti before he left the building.

Police responding to a call from Norman Gold of Madelaine Chocolate at 11:25 a.m. on Thursday, December 28, found six examples of graffiti on warehouse walls, in an area not open to the public.

Some of the graffiti proclaimed, "Fuck Jews," accompanied by a Swastika, the symbol of Nazi Germany. In other parts of the factory, the words proclaimed, "Calico," "Get Money," "Flatbush Brooklyn" and "Shipping Crew."

The initial investigation by officers from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach showed that eight workers had access to the areas where the graffiti had been found and that one of them was fired the previous day.

Police say that they are treating the graffiti as a possible bias crime and the Hate Crime Task Force is assisting.

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