HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The Republican Party headquarters in Orange County was vandalized and a fire started overnight Saturday, Hillsborough Police said Sunday afternoon.
Graffiti that said “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” was spray painted in black paint on the side of a building next to the Republican headquarters, according to police.
That graffiti, which was also at 353 Ja-Max Drive, included a swastika and was discovered before 9 a.m. by a nearby business owner, officials said.
“The flammable substance appears to have ignited inside the building, burned some furniture and damaged the building’s interior before going out,” police said. “The substance was housed in a bottle thrown through one of the building’s front windows.”
No damage estimates are available yet. Police are working with the ATF to investigate, officials said.
“This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property; it willfully threatens our community’s safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation,” Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said.
“I believe I speak for the overwhelming majority of people who make Hillsborough their home: Acts like this have no place in our community. Our law enforcement officials are responding quickly and thoroughly to investigate this reprehensible act and prosecute the perpetrators.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Jon Purvis by email or by phone at 919-732-9381, ext. 37.
Tips can also be left anonymously through the town’s website or by calling the Hillsborough Police Department’s tip line at 919-732-3975. The phone line is routed directly to voicemail and does not record callers’ phone numbers, police said.