A family of Barack Obama supporters awakened this morning to find a burned 6-foot cross on the front lawn of their home in northern Warren County, police said.
The charred cross was partly wrapped with a homemade congratulatory banner that declared “President Obama Victory ’08” and had been stolen from the lawn the night before, police said.
“Living in the 21st century, and we have to deal with this — in America,” said Gary Grewal, a native of India who lives with his wife and 8-year-old daughter on Millbrook Road in picturesque Hardwick Township.
State Police took the charred cross away in boxes to check for fingerprints or other evidence.
“We are treating it as a bias crime,” said Lt. Gerald Lewis, a State Police spokesman.