The home was reportedly recently vacated.
An investigation is underway.
UPDATE: A look inside the home shows a whole lot more.
Walls were destroyed, swastikas and hate messages were scrawled on the walls. The message was clear – Go Home Jews.
UPDATE: The Jackson Police Department released the following statement:
The Jackson Police Department is investigating a bias incident involving burglary and criminal mischief which occurred at a property in the Township.
On Wednesday April 30, 2019 at approximately 2:50 pm, officers responded to a property located on Valley Road on the report of anti-Semitic graffiti being found. The location was an unoccupied/abandoned house located approximately 400 feet from the road on a wooded, 10 acre property. The house was reportedly scheduled to be demolished later this week.
Officers observed that the windows of the house had all been broken and that there were swastikas spray painted on the exterior of the residence along with the word, “Hitler”. Upon entering the house, extensive damage was discovered including all windows being broken and damage to the sheetrock walls. Additionally, there were multiple areas on the interior where profanity was spray painted on the walls along with additional derogatory remarks directed towards those of the Jewish faith and African Americans. There was a second abandoned structure on the property that was not affected.
It is suspected that the damage was done between April 19th and April 30th. During a neighborhood canvas, a resident reported hearing noise in the area the previous evening but did not report it.
Additional patrols have been directed in the area and the incident is being investigated by Jackson Police Detective John Rodriguez. There are no suspects to this incident at this time and anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at 732-928-1111.
UPDATE: Statement from Township:
Jackson Township condemns all forms of hatred and racism
Mayor Michael Reina, along with Council President Rob Nixon, are reaching out to the Community to seek your assistance. In recent days a vacant home, which was slated for demolition, had been severely vandalized. The vandals destroyed all of the windows and spray painted the interior and exterior of this dwelling with profanity as well as racial and religious slurs. While this dwelling is currently being demolished, the vandalism cannot, and will not, be ignored.
The governing body condemns all bias, discrimination, and hateful acts against any individual, race, religion, creed, etc. These heinous acts attempt to incite nothing but unnecessary unrest and unlawful behavior and will not be tolerated nor accepted by the good people of Jackson. Jackson Township stands firm against this unacceptable type of behavior and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. The Mayor and Township Council’s commitment to the resident’s safety is second to none. Therefore, anyone with information is encouraged to work with law enforcement to identify the individual(s) or group(s) involved and bring them to Justice. Please contact the Jackson Police Department at 732-928-1111.