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Local News in Brief : Orange : Vandals Strike at Office of Christian Activist

Vandals defaced the offices of a Christian activist who had organized efforts of local religious leaders to help restore a Fullerton synagogue that, itself, had been the target of anti-Semitic violence, authorities said Sunday.

Thomas Steele, the leader of Concerned Christians Against Anti-Semitism, found the front of his advertising offices in the 800 block of North Batavia Street defaced with swastika stickers and an epithet naming a white supremacist group, according to Sgt. John Richard.

The vandalism was discovered Saturday, the day Steele planned to lead several dozen volunteers in a cleanup effort for Temple Beth Tikva of North Orange County. The temple has been the site of several anti-Semitic acts, most recently a series of fires set on Jan. 7 and 8.

The cleanup went on as planned, a temple spokeswoman said, with some 50 volunteers showing up to take part.

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Police said they have no suspects in the incident, which remains under investigation.


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