A window was broken with a rock and the word “Nazis” was found spray-painted on an outer wall at the New Hampshire Republican Party headquarters in Concord, N.H., Thursday, police said.
The vandalism at the headquarters, located at 10 Water St., was reported around 9:07 a.m. Thursday after workers arrived at the office, Concord Police Lieutenant Sean Ford said.
Officers responded to the scene around 9:25 a.m. and found that “a window in the back of the building was broken by a rock,” and “graffiti reading ‘Nazis’ was sprayed” inside a heart-shaped outline, Ford said.
The vandalism was discovered Thursday morning, but Ford said it was probably carried out overnight, “probably sometime after 11 p.m.” Wednesday.
Police are still investigating the incident. Workers at the party headquarters returned to work Thursday.
Ford said that while graffiti “tagging” is often reported in Concord, he was worried about the message behind the Thursday vandalism given the current “heightened state of alert about public safety.”
“I think the message spray-painted on the side of the building is concerning,” Ford said. “That type of stuff is probably extremism that no one wants in their community.”
“We don’t tolerate that kind of stuff in the city of Concord,” he said.
The state Republican Party could not immediately be reached for comment.
New Hampshire Democrats on Thursday condemned the act on Twitter.
“This is horrible, inexcusable, and plain wrong. New Hampshire Democrats wholly denounce this disgusting vandalism,” the New Hampshire Democratic Party tweeted.
New Hampshire US Senator Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, also tweeted that the vandalism is “disgusting & has no place in our society. Perpetrator must be held accountable.”