Hate Crime in Igo: Store Sprayed With Swastikas, Hate Tags

This swastika-painted sign is along Cloverdale Road in Igo. The Igo Store was also sprayed with hate tags, all of which have been painted over by the store’s owner, Tom Schlenker. Photo by Barbara Rice of Igo.

Sometime after 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, a person or persons spray-painted hate words on the front of the Igo Store at 6490 Placer Road.

By the time a neighbor saw it as they were leaving for work at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, March 4, store owner Tom Schlenker was already aware of it. Schlenker said swastikas and other hate tags were sprayed on street signs along Cloverdale Road.

Neighborhood Watch chair Jim Wilson condemned the actions. “This is a violation of Federal, State and local laws and charges very probably will be pressed. There are pictures of the culprit(s) and they will be turned in to the authorities,” Wilson said in a newsletter to local residents.

“Tom and the Igo Store have done a lot of things for our communities. Always ready to help, always ready to not complain if a booth or other business is set up that cuts into his business, always ready to say, ‘Does it benefit the community?’ ”

Schlenker expressed optimism that the person(s) responsible would be identified. He said the Shasta County Sheriff’s office called the graffiti a hate crime.

Webcam recordings from multiple sources are currently being reviewed.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Igo Store at 396-2292 or the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at 245-6165.
Barbara Rice is a native Igonian and periodically writes an anewscafe.com column, “A Cheap Broad’s Travel Tips”.

Barbara Rice
Barbara Rice is anewscafe.com's administrative assistant. She grew up in Igo listening to the devil's music, hearing tales of WWII, and reading James Thurber and Mad Magazine while dreaming of traveling to exotic lands. She graduated from the old Igo School, Shasta High School, Shasta College, and San Francisco State University. She's been told she's a bad influence and that makes her very happy. She tweets, travels, and spoils cats. There's a dance in the old dame yet.
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6 Responses

  1. Lazlo57 says:

    Probably just a teenage prank, but no tolerance should be the response.

  2. Don Yost says:

    Barbara,

    I hope the owner of the store took pictures of the graffiti before he painted it out. Law enforcement officials repeatedly have stressed the need for documentation of hate crimes and hate incidents.

  3. Magnolia Neighborhoo says:

    Where were this vandal's parents at the time?

  4. Kirsten says:

    …………where are the parents……….period????? And is it a fact that it's done by teenagers? Sadly, adults have been known to do this as well……….

  5. Michael Allison says:

    This kind of stuff is really pathetic. Tom is a very nice guy. I am happy to see all the support for him.

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