By Kevin Deutsch
The Chai-Center Chabad in Coral Springs was vandalized with graffiti reading “Deadman” at the start of the Jewish High Holy Days, police records show.
An unidentified vandal used spray paint to graffiti the word on the north and east walls of the building’s playground area at 5761 Coral Ridge Dr., the records show, carrying out the criminal defacing sometime between Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. and Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., during Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year.
A face was also drawn on the building’s walls, according to the Coral Springs Police incident report.
No additional details about the graffiti were included in the records.
The case has been classified as an act of “criminal mischief,” the police report shows.
The vandalism happened as Chabad members began their observance of “the days of awe,” a 10-day period of reflection and repentance culminating with Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
According to the report, Chabad member Tzvi Bronstein told police there had been “no recent incidents at the Chabad that would be related to the vandalism” and did not have any information about potential suspects.
Bronstein told police there are no video surveillance cameras in the area where the vandalism took place, and a police canvass of the area did not turn up any surveillance footage, the report states.
Police took digital photos of the graffiti, entered them into evidence, and sent them to a Coral Springs Police detective, the records show.
The total value of the damage caused by the vandalism was about $100.
“Victim is unsure of prosecution at this time,” police wrote in their report. “The case is closed/inactive pending future investigative leads.”
Chai Center-Chabad is an independent affiliate of Coral Spring Chabad. The property, which houses a synagogue and preschool, offers Jewish outreach, education, and social services.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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