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Police investigate vandalism, graffiti at Hartford Stage offices

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Hartford police are investigating vandalism at the offices at Hartford Stage. (Hartford Police Department) Hartford police are investigating vandalism at the offices at Hartford Stage. (Hartford Police Department)
Hartford police are investigating vandalism at the offices at Hartford Stage. (Hartford Police Department) Hartford police are investigating vandalism at the offices at Hartford Stage. (Hartford Police Department)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Police are investigating vandalism and graffiti at the Hartford Stage offices.

The general manager at the Hartford Stage offices, which is located at 942 Main St., called police to report of someone breaking into their offices.

Paint was found splattered against the walls while chairs and equipment was overturned. Inside the office, anti-gay slurs and racist words were written on the walls.

"There was also some words that were offensive to many so that's something our investigators will look at," Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said. 

Police said the remarks are being taken seriously by investigators. 

"The initial impression is a hate crime and our investigators will look at it as such and we will keep that option open when they move forward," Foley said.  

The general manager told police that nothing was taken from the office.

"That there was a lot of vandalism done in their offices and classroom areas, so it's not just offices," ," Foley said.  "But, classroom areas as well that some students come in and out of during the week." 

Hartford Stage officials said the damage was "not major" and the class schedule will "not be interrupted." 

The general manager said that the office was closed around 5:45 p.m. on Friday. The incident was reported to police around 8 a.m. on Monday.  

The Hartford Stage were performances take place was not vandalized. 

There is a surveillance camera in the office, but the footage will not be released to police until Tuesday.

The incident remains under investigation by the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Unit. If you have any information on the incident, please call the Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or by clicking here

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