February 26, 2013 at 9:05 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Montgomery County police investigate anti-gay vandalism
Montgomery County Police Dept. photo via Facebook.

Montgomery County Police Dept. photo via Facebook.

Montgomery County police continue to investigate an incident of anti-gay vandalism against one of its cruisers.

The department said in a press release that officers responded to a report of vandalism on Melody Lane in Bethesda around 3:15 a.m. on Feb. 17. They found a vehicle with profanity and “images of male genitalia” that had been spray painted onto it.

The officers also found a swastika and anti-gay comments spray painted onto a Montgomery County Police Department K-9 vehicle.

The department said officers responded to two other vandalism incidents — including a landscaping rock that had been painted with a swastika — later on Feb. 17 on Wahly Drive.

A Montgomery County Police Department spokesperson told the Washington Blade earlier on Monday there is “no update at this time” on the investigation. The MCPD is offering up to a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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