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Columbus Arson Squad Investigates Cross Burning
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Columbus Arson Investigators were called to a northwest side neighborhood to search for clues in an alleged hate crime. A resident found a large wooden cross was burned on his property. Gurinder Singh is working with arson investigators. Singh says he’s lived on Sonnington Drive for about two years after moving from Atlanta…but he was surprised when he awoke yesterday morning.
“Somebody burned a cross in my front yard right here by the big tree.” Singh says the four-foot by two-foot wooden cross was burned near the corner of his lot beneath a mature ash tree. But, he downplays the incident saying he has wonderful neighbors.
“I don’t believe it was a hate crime or anything. I think it was just a prank. I was disappointed like anybody else you wake up in the morning and see a cross burning in your yard. It reminds you of the old days, 50s, 40s, but I don’t think that is the case at all.” Singh says its not the first time he’s been the victim of what he calls a “prank.” In the past his house has been egged and feces was thrown near his front porch. Columbus arson investigators Tuesday went door-to-door interviewing Singh’s neighbors in search of leads in the case.