SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco Police Department is investigating vandalism at the Harvey Milk Center for the Recreational Arts and the Harvey Milk Photo Center that caused an estimated $15,000 in damage.

Harvey Milk Photo Center Director Dave Christensen said it all happened late last Friday night or early Saturday morning following a reception at the center.

“When we returned Saturday morning, we found 12 large plate glass windows broken,” he said. “There was a very large boulder that was found near the plate glass windows. The Harvey Milk Photo Center took the brunt of the damage.”

Christensen said police are looking into the possibility that the attack might have been a hate crime.

“A lot of the members that were here Saturday morning absolutely said they thought it was a hate crime,” he said. “We’re still questioning it. We’re hoping that it’s not on the heels of the celebration of Harvey Milk’s recent anniversary.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department, as they have set up an anonymous tip line at (415) 731-2865.

The Harvey Milk Photo Center is the oldest and largest remaining community wet darkroom in the United States, originating in 1957.

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