Swastika on green at Crystal Lake Golf Club. Photo: Reddit user MAXI120.

Lakeville Police Investigate Swastika Carved Into Golf Course Green

Lakeville Police Department is continuing to investigate an incident where a swastika was carved into one of the putting greens at the Crystal Lake Golf Club. The police received a call about the incident at 6:23 a.m. on Aug. 21.

In a statement on their Facebook page, the owners of Crystal Lake said:

“As many of you are aware, we were recently the victim of vandalism at our course. A vandal(s) carved a swastika into one of our greens.

“We would first like to apologize to anyone who has had to view the image in the press. Second, we would like to firmly state how hurt and saddened we are that we were the victim of such a crime. We, in no way, stand for anything remotely related to that symbol, and we hope that swift justice is brought to the perpetrator(s) of this crime.

“We quickly repaired the green prior to opening the course that day, and again extend our deepest apologies to anyone who viewed this image on our course.

“We encourage you to join us in our hope that nobody else in our community is affected by any kind of similar crime while the accused are still at large.”

Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, welcomed the statement from the club’s ownership.

“Perpetrators of these types of incidents are intent on spreading a message of hate and challenging the openness and respectful atmosphere of our community,” he said. “Collectively, we reject these chilling acts and the hate they represent.

“We are deeply concerned by this incident and we urge anyone with information about the vandalism to come forward and report it to law enforcement. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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