DELANO, Minn, - Investigators are trying to find the person or persons responsible for burglarizing a Delano home and defacing it with racist graffiti in broad daylight.
Wright County Chief Deputy Todd Hoffman says the homeowner called dispatchers late Sunday afternoon after being gone for a short time, and returning home to find that several electronic gaming systems had been stolen, and racist phrases and symbols painted on the exterior of the home.
The homeowner has asked the Sheriff's Office not to share details of what was painted on the house, but images shared with KARE 11 show a swastika, several racial slurs, and a message to "Get Out."
The house is in a newer development on the 200 block of 2nd Street West, with significant activity in the neighborhood. Hoffman says detectives are following leads, and are hopeful of an arrest soon.
Anyone who knows who may be responsible for the burglary and vandalism is asked to call the Wright County Sheriff's Office at 763-682-7733.
Gov. Mark Dayton addressed the incident in a press conference Friday, saying he has invited the family to have lunch at the Governor's Mansion Saturday.
"Just horrible," Dayton said. "So un-Minnesotan, so illegal, so immoral. I denounce it in the strongest possible terms and I give credit to the builder, I don’t recall his name, but he's willing to buy the home back at his own expense; others who have stepped forward to express, as I do, their solidarity with this family, their embrace of this family, and their horror at this immoral behavior."