The Sumter Police Department has launched an investigation after fliers displaying a swastika were found on three businesses in the city Monday morning.
Employees of SAFE Federal Credit Union on Lewis Road, First Citizens Bank on Washington Street and Allen Associates on Washington Street discovered the fliers and reported it to the police department, said Tonyia McGirt, public information officer.
She said the symbol on the fliers is typically associated with white supremacy, so the department chose not to promote the hate speech and did not release a photo of the fliers. Hitler used the symbol during World War II and the Holocaust.
“This is not who we are,” Police Chief Russell Roark said. “Any behavior that jeopardizes the well-being, dignity and safety of this community – its citizens and its businesses – will be investigated to the fullest.”
Officers are currently working to identify two men who could be involved, as well as the motive.
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division is assisting in the investigation. Spokesman Tommy Crosby confirmed SLED is assisting but did not comment further.
An up to $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to a conclusion in the investigation.
Anyone with information or who might have seen something overnight at these businesses is asked to call the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or Crime Stoppers at1-888-CRIME-SC.Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers by logging onto www.P3tips.comand clicking on the “Submit a New Tip” tab or by downloading theP3 Tips app for Apple and Android devices.
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