Federal investigators have been called in to find out who torched a van outside a North shore synagogue over the weekend.
The van was parked in the driveway of the Chabad Lubavitch of the North Shore in Swampscott. Police say it was set on fire Saturday.
It’s the second time this month that the synagogue has been the target of vandalism. Vandals entered the synagogue through an unlocked door right before Rosh Hashanah, scrawling hate messages inside. Two paintings of former rabbis were destroyed, and knife was stuck in the wall.
State and local police and the State Fire marshal’s office are investigating the latest crime. They say it’s too early to determine if it was a hate crime, or if it is connected to the earlier vandalisn. Because the incident took place at a house of worship, the ATF is also involved.