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Los Angeles gay couple's home vandalized in apparent hate crime

Police investigate a house that was vandalized with anti-gay slurs.
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ABC 7 Los Angeles

A gay couple’ home was the scene of homophobic vandalism on Tuesday night, and police are investigating it as a hate crime.

The suburban home located in Van Nuys, California, was subject to broad vandalism which included the spray painting of homophobic slurs, bleach poured on the carpets and broken pipes.

The owners of the house have not been identified, and were not home at the time of the crime. They called police at approximately 6:10 pm on Tuesday night after returning to find the destruction of their property.

According to the Los Angeles Times, when officers arrived at the residence, the front door was open, but nobody was inside.

“It’s pretty extensive damage,” said Sgt. Carl Taylor of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Taylor confirmed that the investigation would center on being a hate crime.

Investigators are looking over surveillance video captured by both the targeted residence and surrounding neighbors. 

This recent act of hate-related crimes adds to the increase of such violence over the past few years in Los Angeles County.

According to a report by the county’s Commission on Human Relations, such crimes have increased since 2015.

Of the 483 hate crimes reported, 120 of them were targeted at the LGBT community; a rise of 11-percent over 2014.

This spike comes at the tail-end of a seven-year decrease in such reports in Los Angeles.

The L.A. Times claims that these  numbers may be deceptive since people who are usually targeted do not come forward to report acts of violence against them for fear of backlash.

You can watch a video of the report HERE