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Burglaries at Concord LGBT Center Probed as Hate Crime



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    IOWA CITY, IOWA - APRIL 3: Gay, lesbian and transgender activists react to the unanimous decision by the Iowa Supreme Court earlier in the day recognizing same sex marriage as a civil right during a celebration on April 3, 2009 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)

    An LGBT community center in Concord has been repeatedly burglarized over the past two weeks, with police labeling the latest attack a hate crime.

    The East Bay Times reported Tuesday that thieves broke into the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa four times in the past two weeks.

    Center Executive Director Ben Barr said that in the first three incidents the burglars broke doors, locks and stole laptops, flash drives, a cash box and fraudulently charged $10,000 on three stolen credit cards.

    Officials said police are treating the last attack as a hate crime because the burglars also scrawled homophobic graffiti on the outside of the building, the newspaper reported.

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