Swastikas found scrawled on walls and poles outside Flanigan’s in Hallandale Beach

Swastikas found scrawled on walls and poles outside Flanigan’s in Hallandale Beach

Police are searching for a vandal who left swastikas scrawled for everyone to see outside the Flanigan’s in Hallandale Beach.

A swastika and a jumbled scribble were painted on the wall outside the restaurant, Wednesday.

Ignacio Escandon, the restaurant’s assistant manager, spoke with 7News about the signs of hate. He said someone had contacted the police.

“Next thing you know, I already had cops coming in here asking me if anyone of us has called, but it appeared that somebody else had called already,” he said.

Hallandale Police officers who came to look found more swastikas faintly etched in light poles in the restaurant’s parking lot.

“It’s just a shame that somebody would be doing this too, you know, a family-owned business down over here,” said Escandon, “and personally, that’s just not what this company is representing.”

Customers seen outside Flanigan’s hours later were not aware of the vandalism until 7News asked them. Many were in shock.

“I think it’s terrible, and I think they need to go home and do whatever they wanna do, outside of Miami,” said a customer.

“Some people are so disgusting, they had to defame an Irish bar with a swastika,” said another customer.

It’s far from the first time swastikas have been spotted in Broward County. Last year swastikas showed up painted onto signs and playground equipment in Weston.

Back in March, they were even scrawled into the dust on car windshields in Dania Beach. They were also seen on the walls of a bathroom at Cooper City High School back in May.

Incidents like these across the state led to a law that would make such vandalism a third-degree felony.

“If anything, we just really want to find out who this is,” said Escandon. “I already know that the police have been already involved, and they are looking out, trying to find out who this person is.”

Customers said they are simply disgusted by this act.

“I think it’s deplorable for that to happen in such a place like this, Flanigan’s, which is a place for families to come together and have a good time,” said a customer. “I think it’s disgusting, it really is.”

“It’s terrible. Why are people still like that nowadays? It’s beyond me,” said another customer.

“Shame on you! And think about what you are doing. Go read your history books!” said another customer.

People couldn’t believe that these signs would show up in the parking lot of Flanigan’s.

The signs have been cleaned, wiped and painted over by Hallandale Police officers.

If you have any information on this act of vandalism, call Hallandale Beach Police at 954-457-1400 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.