MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating two incidents of racist graffiti and vandalism reported in rural parts of the county over the past week.

The first incident took place in Scandia, where a car was vandalized and spray-painted.

Credit: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

In May Township, “Stop Asian Hate” and “Black Lives Matter” signs were torn down from a fence.

Credit: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

“These crimes are not a reflection of the great communities and people of Scandia and May Township,” said Sheriff Dan Starry. “These types of hate crimes will be thoroughly investigated and those found responsible will be charged.”

“We call on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate these disturbing incidents as hate crimes and to devote all resources necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein in a statement. “Our state’s lawmakers must show that they take the growing number of hate crimes seriously by passing legislation to update how hate incidents are reported and handled.”

Authorities say they have not been able to find any suspects so far and are asking the public to contact their tip line at 651-430-7850 with any information.