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AUSTIN EDITION -- Police investigate possible hate crimes

Austin police are investigating what they call possible hate crimes after two northwest Austin residents found swastikas spray-painted at their homes.

A 39-year-old woman called police about 9 p.m. Monday after finding a swastika painted in gold spray paint on her garage door in the 700 block of Ninth Avenue Northwest, said Police Chief Paul Philipp. There are no suspects.

Earlier Monday, a 25-year-old man reported a silver-colored swastika painted on the sidewalk in front of his home in the 600 block of 11th Street Northwest. He also found a Confederate flag draped on his car.

The man told police he didn't see anyone but thinks three men with whom he's had run-ins might be responsible, Philipp said.

Philipp said the same people could be responsible for both incidents.

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