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Moreno Valley car owner target of hate crime

A map indicates the area near the 13000 block of Pocono Court in Moreno Valley where police responded to reports of an apparent hate crime Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (Google maps)

October 14, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Moreno Valley resident woke up to find his or her car vandalized in an apparent hate crime Sunday.

Police responded to the 13000 block of Pocono Court around 7:06 a.m. following vandalism reports.

Upon arrival, officers found a derogatory racial comment scratched into the paint of a vehicle.

Authorities then contacted the owner of the vehicle.

Based on the correlation between the car owner's ethnicity and the derogatory comment, the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

The car damage was estimated to be over $5,000.

Anyone with information on this incident was urged to contact Moreno Valley police at (951) 247-8700.