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Falls police say they are looking for suspects in serious graffiti incident

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Dan Cappellazzo/staff photographer Graffiti is seen on the former Moore Business Forms building. Niagara Falls police are investigating the matter as a possible hate crime due to the content of the graffiti.

By Rick Pfeiffer rick.pfeiffer@niagara-gazette.comNiagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Falls police are investigating a possible hate crime that may be tied to skateboarders.

The owner of the former Moore Business Forms headquarters building, in the 900 block of Buffalo Avenue, told investigators that some time between 3 p.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m. Thursday someone spray-painted racist graffiti on his property. The property owner is B.F. Patel.

Officers noted that three phrases were painted on the building in orange and blue paint. The phrases were, “(Expletive) you”, “Sand (Expletive)” and “(Expletive) with us now”.

Patel is of Middle Eastern descent. His son, Nirel Patel, said his father called him after discovering the vandalism.

“I thought, it’s extremely offensive,” Nirel Patel said. “But it’s (the work of) immature kids with nothing better to do.”

B.F. Patel told police that he had yelled at, and chased from his property, a group of about 15 skateboarders a day before he discovered the damage. The group had been using his property to skateboard.

As the members of the group were leaving the property, Patel said one of them called him a “sand (expletive).”

Falls police aren’t taking the matter lightly.

“We’re looking at this very seriously,” Falls Police Superintendent Byran DalPorto said. “Not only does graffiti do extensive property damage, when you use racist comments it could be considered a (criminal) harassment or even a terroristic threat.”

DalPorto confirmed the case is being handled as a hate crime.

“Even if it’s (suspects) under the age of 18, it’s still a serious crime and we’re treating it that way,” DalPorto said. “We will arrest them and they will have to answer for their acts.”

Patel told police the cost to repair the vandalism will be high, perhaps as much as $30,000.

According to Patel, the building’s limestone block construction “sucks the paint” into the stone

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