Plymouth: Teens charged with spray painting swastikas at commuter rail station

Two Plymouth teens are facing a vandalism charge after they allegedly spray painted swastikas at the MBTA commuter rail station on Court Street in Plymouth.

The phrase “Nazi propaganda” was also painted on a sign near the platform.

Nineteen-year-old Alexander Dearn and a 15-year-old juvenile have been charged with defacing property.

Plymouth police Captain John Rogers said the incident doesn’t rise to a hate crime because the symbols weren’t directed to a particular person or group. However, the chairman of Plymouth’s No Place for Hate committee, Barry Meltzer, believes it was an attack against the entire community.

“That station is used as the entry way into our town, especially in the summer with all the new visitors and everything and the train’s coming in, then you know it’s directed at the town because otherwise it wouldn’t be done,” said Meltzer

The incident will be discussed when the No Place for Hate committee meets Thursday night at Plymouth Town Hall.

Photo courtesy of Sandy Streid

Photo courtesy of Sandy Streid

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.