Published Tuesday, December 8, 2015 4:47PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 8, 2015 10:20PM EST
Calgary police are searching for two men in connection to an alleged hate crime, involving anti-refugee graffiti on the city’s light-rail transit platforms and ramps.
Police believe the incidents occurred last Thursday, at the Tuscany train station in northwest Calgary.
The graffiti messages were allegedly hostile to refugees and Syrians.
“I think it’s very important to send a message … as a community to people that would do these kind of offences that … we’re not on board, the rest of us don’t agree with that, it’s against the law and you’ll be dealt with,” Calgary Police Service Sgt. Eric Levesque.
Calgary is expected to welcome some 1,300 Syrian refugees in the coming weeks.
Police said that suspects also tagged five vehicles in a nearby parking lot.
The suspects are both described as Caucasian, in their 20s to early 30s, and about five-foot-ten to six-feet tall.
Police say the first suspect has short brown hair and a slim build, and was wearing a plaid buttoned shirt, with an olive green winter jacket, black pants and black shoes.
He was also carrying a black duffle bag and a white shopping bag.
The second suspect is said to have a moustache or goatee, and was wearing a blue winter jacket, black pants, a black sweatshirts and black shoes. He was also carrying a backpack.
Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.