Glenn County Sheriff's deputy Jim Miranda said the dispatch center received a call about 12:41 p.m. Friday by someone who said racial slurs were painted on the side of a road in the area of County Road 200, on County Road 12.
In addition to the racial epithets were markings of a religious nature.
There was also paint swiped on a mailbox outside the home of a black family that lives in the neighborhood.
"We feel it's directed toward the African-American family," Miranda
said."We're looking at it as a hate crime."
Although the Sheriff's Office is investigating whether the vandals are members of a "white power" group, possibly out of Stockton, it's also looking into the whether it could be the work of an anti-religion group, Miranda
"This is unusual ... it's something we're going to have to work on and see where it leads," he
also said it could have just been the act of an angry individual, acting out against the family for some reason.
said it will be investigated vigorously.
"We don't want hate crimes in our area.It poisons the community," Miranda