Fort Morgan offers reward in hate crime cases

FORT MORGAN, Colo. - A reward of $500 is now being offered for information that will help Fort Morgan police find the people they say targeted the city's East African refugee community.

Police are investigating several cases of vandalism that damaged the refugees' vehicles as possible hate crimes.

Police said someone shot out the windows of about five cars with a BB gun in the early-morning hours Sunday.

All of the vehicles damaged are owned by members of the immigrant community, said a statement by the city.

On Feb. 9, several vehicles in the same area were spray-painted with obscenities and racial slurs, including the 'n' word, according to police.

"This will not be tolerated," said Chief Darren Sagel with the Ft. Morgan Police Department. "Any crimes like this we’ll investigate them as a hate crime and pursue it to the fullest extent of the law."

Anyone with information related to these crimes is asked to call the Fort Morgan Police Department at (970) 867-5678. If someone has information but wishes to remain anonymous, they can call Crime Stoppers at 542-3411, or visit the City of Fort Morgan’s web page at www.cityoffortmorgan.com and submit a tip online by following the Crime Stoppers link on the side of the page

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