Smithfield police investigating racist graffiti

The N-word and the letters "KKK" were spray-painted on this vehicle.

Police in Smithfield are investigating what they've designated as a hate crime after someone spray-painted the N-word and the letters "KKK" on the side of a woman's SUV.

The incident was reported last Wednesday at a public housing project on Kay Drive.

Police have not identified any suspects.

Under North Carolina law, by designating the incident as a hate crime, a vandalism charge can be upgraded to a felony with a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison.

With information from Mickey Lamm/WTSB Radio

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