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Vandals Completely Wreck L.A. Gay Couple’s Renovated Home

Yesterday evening, Los Angeles police discovered someone broke into a gay couple’s recently renovated home and “sprayed anti-gay graffiti, kicked in walls and destroyed water pipes”, burglarized and ransacked the place and then “dumped gallons of paint and bleach throughout the house.” The couple had only lived in the house for a year before last evening’s vandalism.

Police are now investigating it as a hate crime and are examining video footage from the home security system as well as interviewing neighbors, although they have no suspects at this time. No one was at home during the vandalism nor was anyone injured.

The L.A. Times notes that according to “a report issued in September by the county’s Commission on Human Relations, the number of hate crimes in [L.A.] county rose sharply in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. A total of 483 hate crimes were reported, a 24% increase from 2014.”