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Brookline woman faces charges for repeatedly stealing, vandalizing Israel signs

A Brookline Police cruiser. Photo by Zoe Zekos
April 23, 2024

A Brookline woman has been charged with vandalism and six counts of larceny after police say she repeatedly stole and defaced signs in support of Israel outside a home near Coolidge Corner.

Kendra Enos, 24, was issued a criminal summons on April 12, according to a police report filed in Brookline District Court.

Police say that multiple times between March 3 and April 9, she stole and vandalized the signs. One sign read “We stand with Israel,” and another read “Bring the hostages home.” Under the banner “Kidnapped,” a third sign had photos of Israeli hostages kidnapped by Hamas on Oct. 7.

The Alton Place homeowner called police at least four times to report the vandalism and theft, according to police reports.

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As Brookline police were conducting surveillance in the neighborhood on the night of April 12, they saw Enos and recognized her from home-security-camera footage that captured her in the act of stealing the signs several times, according to police reports.

Speaking with police on the sidewalk and then at the police station, Enos admitted that she had stolen and defaced the signs, according to the police report. When one officer asked her why she did so, she replied, “I just don’t agree with it” and did not elaborate.

Reached by text message Enos, who said she is Jewish, said that her actions should not be made out to be a hate crime.

“All I did was take a sign off the street that I believed was public property and I’m sorry for the distress it has caused, but also it was a sign,” Enos wrote. “If we’re more distressed over a cardboard sign on the street than millions of innocent Palestinian lives, then I think we have a real moral problem.”

Brookline police have seen around 40 reports of incidents related to Israel since the start of the conflict on Oct. 7, according to Paul Campbell, a deputy superintendent at the department.

At least 25 of those incidents involve signs supporting Israel being defaced or stolen, Campbell said. Brookline.News previously reported on a spate of vandalism on New Year’s Eve.

“People feel very strongly about what’s going on, and unfortunately some people have allowed their strong feelings to translate into unlawful actions,” Campbell said.

Enos works at the Brookline Booksmith, a Coolidge Corner bookstore. The Booksmith’s owners declined to comment.

This is the second time this month that a Brookline resident has faced charges of vandalism related to the Israel-Gaza conflict. A 29-year-old woman was charged in early April after she allegedly spray painted anti-Zionist graffiti at the Longwood and Kenmore MBTA stations.