SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WTVD) -- 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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