Racially charged, "offensive" graffiti was scrawled on the walls of a Bondi cafe that had been broken into early this morning.
About 4.40am today, police and Fire & Rescue NSW were called to the Titanic Bondi Cafe and Restaurant on the corner of Campbell Parade and Lamrock Avenue at Bondi Beach.
There they found the rear entry to the cafe had been forced open, and a small fire lit in the centre of the property.
Detective Chief Inspector Michael Maclean said there was "tagging, also known as graffiti, throughout the premises".
While refusing to comment on the nature of the graffiti, or the race to which it referred, he described it as "offensive".
The Herald understands the comments may have been related to the ethnicity of the owner.
Chief Inspector Maclean said the property sustained an extensive amount of water and smoke damage.
He said investigations were continuing, and as yet a motive could not be confirmed.
However, he did indicate police were leaving open the possibility that the tagging or graffiti could have been a ruse to cover some other aspect of the crime.
"Yes, certainly we're continuing our investigations; we're keeping all lines of inquiry open," he said.
There was no reason to believe the property would be targeted again, or the incident was part of an ongoing threat to businesses in the area.
The property was extensively examined by crime scene officers and detectives.
Chief Inspector Maclean said police would love to hear from anyone who had information about the fire.
"We would ask any members of the public who may have seen any particular activities, or may have knowledge of this incident, to contact Eastern Suburbs police," he said.
Anyone with information can also contact Crime Stoppers.