Hate crime

A swastika was spray painted on the hood of the Jones' family car Monday evening in Copperas Cove.

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One Copperas Cove family is looking into getting a home security system after being the victim of a potential hate crime Monday evening. According to a social media post made by Shannon Jones, the family returned home to find a swastika spray painted on the hood of their car.

The incident occurred in the 1000 block of South 3rd Street on Monday afternoon. According to the Facebook post, this was the second time the family, an interracial couple, has been targeted. She also spoke with local NBC affiliate, KCEN, about the incident.

Jones said the family currently has motion-sensor lights, but that they are now looking into getting security cameras for the house.

The Copperas Cove Police Department said the incident is currently being investigated as a burglary of a vehicle and graffiti. The case is not currently being considered a hate crime because without a suspect it cannot be determined if the crime was racially motivated, Cove police Sgt. Kevin Miller said Wednesday.

The burglary of a vehicle investigation stems from some items reportedly stolen from the car.

CCPD said it responded to the incident around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon.

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