Swastikas marked on windows of Rockford’s historic Coronado Theater

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Vandals defaced the windows of Rockford’s Coronado Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, as staff arrived to find swastikas on the glass.

The swastika is a symbol of ancient cultures of Eurasia and was used as the symbol of the Nazi party in Germany, and has come to be identified as a symbol of anti-Semitism and is frequently used by white nationalist groups.

The discovery comes days after 11 people were killed in Pittsburgh in an anti-Semitic attack at a Jewish synagogue.

We reached out to Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority (RAVE) which owns and operates the Coronado, who says they contacted police and filed a criminal complaint.

“Graffiti and criminal defacement that is deemed inflammatory in nature, like Nazi swastikas, will be thoroughly investigated especially given some of the recent national incidents,” said Chief Dan O’Shea. “We will hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”

The Friends of the Coronado PAC declined to comment for this story.

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