The Monett Police Department is searching for the person or persons responsible for spray painting a van with ethnic slurs in the early morning hours of April 21. The incident took place sometime between 1 and 5:30 a.m. in the 500 block of 10th Street.
Police Chief Tim Schweder said his department intends to prosecute the perpetrator of this crime, which he has classified as a hate crime.
"This is unusual for Monett," said Chief Schweder. "We usually see gang graffiti but not something like this. This is targeting a specific ethnic group, and it's something we will not tolerate here."
On Wednesday night, the chief, three officers and Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers Chairman John Strong passed out reward posters to homes around the four block area where the crime occurred.
The local Crime Stoppers organization is offering up to $1,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crime.
Anyone with information can call 354-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-635-TIPS (8477). All information will remain confidential and no one who submits information is required to give their name.