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Security video released after hateful graffiti found on 3 Markham schools

Image of suspect wanted in hateful graffiti investigation, Aug. 23, 2017. YORK REGIONAL POLICE/Handout

Security images and video have been released of three suspects wanted by police after hateful graffiti was discovered on three Markham schools over the weekend.

Police said on Sunday they responded to three separate calls for reports of anti-black and anti-Semitic graffiti, as well as damage at three schools near Highway 7 and Wootten Way,

“There was mainly anti-Semitic, KKK type messages at William Armstrong and then at the high school it was more racial slurs,” York Regional Police Insp. Al Almeida told media on Sunday.

Investigators believe the same suspects were responsible for all three incidents, which likely happened between the very late hours of Saturday to early morning Sunday.

Image of suspect wanted in hateful graffiti investigation, Aug. 23, 2017. YORK REGIONAL POLICE/Handout

Image of suspect wanted in hateful graffiti investigation, Aug. 23, 2017. YORK REGIONAL POLICE/Handout

Image of suspect wanted in hateful graffiti investigation, Aug. 23, 2017. YORK REGIONAL POLICE/Handout

During their investigation, police found surveillance footage of the suspects and are asking the public for help in identifying the men.

“Crimes like these are devastating to everyone who takes pride in being part of such a diverse and inclusive community,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said in a statement on Wednesday.

“I am asking our community to come together and share information that will help us find the people responsible for these crimes. I strongly encourage those responsible to seek legal advice and turn themselves in.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541.