Police increase reward for arrests in Midwood hate crime

BROOKLYN - Police have increased the award money for information leading to the arrests of vandals responsible for a massive hate crime in Midwood. The incident took place Friday night, when three cars were set on fire and anti-Semitic messages were spray painted on several park benches and another vehicle. Community leaders and residents are calling for a heavier police presence in the area. "It seems there is a pattern taking place when you consider the swastikas in Williamsburg, the beating in Williamsburg, the Midwood incident and some of the protesters at Occupy Wall Street," says state Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-50th District). "When you see a pattern, you attack it, address it and cut it off at the knees." Police say they are still scouring the crime scene, and that they are searching for fingerprints on beer bottles left at the scene. A community meeting led by City Councilman David Greenfield (D-44th District) will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Torah.

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