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Boise Police Chief Bill Bones on Anne Frank vandalism: 'It's a cowardly act'

If you spot someone vandalizing the memorial, call 911 right away. If you have a lead, call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

More than $8,000 has been raised online to help clean up vandalism of the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

Boise Police Chief Bill Bones weighed in on the crime Thursday. The case of vandalism is gaining national and international attention. The Huffington Post, the Southern Law Poverty Center, and even media outlets in Israel are now following the story.

"It's a cowardly act of criminal intent directed at hate and trying to hurt others, and that's the last thing we're going to accept," said Chief Bones.

The vandalism began Tuesday when someone wrote anti-Semitic racial slurs on the donor tablet and wrote over an inspirational quote etched in marble using a red permanent marker. Police believe the vandalism happened again around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, the vandals marked up a sign and a greenbelt tunnel.

Police are asking anyone with information that could help solve the case to come forward.

"Police are always just a few sets of eyes out there at any given time," Chief Bones said. "There are a quarter million people in this city that are out there seeing things and somebody out there knows something. If they could just come forward and give us that information so that we could find out who's responsible and hold them accountable."

At this point, police don't have much to go on because there's no description of the suspect. If you spot someone vandalizing the memorial, call 911 right away. If you have a lead, call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

To donate to help restore the memorial, click here or here.

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