Police investigate vehicle theft, suspected hate crime in Southwest Bakersfield home

Posted: Apr 18, 2021 / 12:20 AM PDT
Updated: April 18, 2021 / 12:20 AM PDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Police are investigating a truck theft following an alleged hate crime in southwest Bakersfield.

A man identifying himself as Jesus Sanders says he lived in a neighborhood on Akers and Wilson Streets on Colleen Street for five years. He says vandals attacked his home Thursday after neighbors told him they wanted him and his family away.

“My house is spray painted. The N-word spray is painted on my truck. “Sanders told 17 News Saturday. “I’m like ‘Who would do something like this?”

A photo of the trailer with the racist bow was posted on social media and police said Sanders told them the truck was stolen the next day. Sanders said he was concerned about his safety.

“They came back and tore open the windows and stole the truck and trailer. And it was right across the street. Come out. Glass everything on the floor. Truck gone, everything gone. “

On Saturday evening, the Bakersfield Police Department said the vandalism on the apartment and truck trailer had not been reported, but early Saturday morning it was reported that the truck and trailer had been stolen from the apartment.

Police said a third party alerted them to the vandalism in the apartment and the racist insult to the trailer. Officials returned home Saturday afternoon, saying the house had recently been destroyed, but the damage did not include racial slurs.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information about suspected vandalism or vehicle theft is asked to call Bakersfield Police at 661-327-7111.

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