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Vinton police investigating hate crime

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VINTON (WSLS 10) - A Vinton man claimed he was the victim of a racially-charged hate crime, which sparked a police investigation.

Vinton police said they responded to a call from a man on Fairmont Drive Monday. They arrived to find his car vandalized, in what appeared to be an attempt to set it on fire.

They were called back to the home in the early-morning hours of Wednesday. This time, the man had found pamphlets stuffed in his mailbox. These pamphlets contained what police are calling white supremacist messages.

Police are investigating this as a hate crime and have contacted the postal service. Crimes involving mailboxes can be prosecuted federally.

The Vinton Police Department will not say at this time whether there is a person of interest, but officers are confident they will get justice in this case.