BRENTWOOD -- Police are investigating two hate crimes that shook the city Thursday, and are asking the public's help in finding those responsible.

A home on Lexington Court and the basketball courts at a park on Carnegie Lane were vandalized with spray-painted racial slurs and other racist symbols, Brentwood police Sgt. Walter O'Grodnick said.

The crimes, which police say appear to be the work of the same person or people, appear to have targeted an African-American family, O'Grodnick said.

"This is the first crime like this that we've had in a few years," O'Grodnick said. "We're not going to tolerate it."

Graffiti of a swastika, and the words "monkeys," "KKK," and the written out N-word were sprayed on the garage door and driveway of the home on Lexington Drive when the family was not there. Police were called to the home about 10:15 a.m. and also found that some small shrubs along the sidewalk in the front of the home were burned, O'Grodnick said.

Police were dispatched again at 4:41 p.m. after similar graffiti was discovered on the basketball court and a park bench at Walnut Park, O'Grodnick said. The park on Carnegie Lane is about three-tenths of a mile from Lexington Court.

O'Grodnick said police have recovered physical evidence that will be evaluated by the Contra Costa County crime lab, and that the evidence suggested the same person or people are responsible for both acts,


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Anyone with information is urged to call Brentwood police Det. George Aguirre at 925-809-7726.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.