Police search for suspect after vandalism at IU fraternity

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Surveillance photo provided by Indiana University police

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (April 22, 2016)– Police are looking for a suspect accused of vandalizing a fraternity house at Indiana University.

The vandalism occurred Friday morning between 3:16 a.m. and 3:20 a.m. at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, located at in the 1100 block of North Jordan Avenue.

The house itself and eight vehicles in the parking lot were vandalized with various phrases and symbols, including a swastika and smiley face. Police believe there is a single suspect who used black spray paint.

Police say the random nature of the phrases and symbols, along with the random selection of vehicles and diversity of the members of the fraternity, lead them to believe the crimes weren’t committed as an act against any particular person or group.

“Nevertheless, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the success of Indiana University, and we strive to create a culture of respect among our students, staff, faculty, and administrators, said Indiana University Police Department Public Information Officer Capt. Andy Stephensen. “Indiana University does not tolerate acts of hate or bias, and all members of the IU community are expected to treat others with dignity. Acts such as this, especially around the important holiday of Passover, are antithetical to our values, and we condemn them.”

The damage is estimated to be in the range of $5,000-$10,000.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact the IU Police Department at 812-855-4111.

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