Vandals target downtown North East
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— Investigators have posted a surveillance video showing five people – four of whom are wearing ghoulish masks – in hopes of identifying them in connection with a vandalism spree that occurred in downtown North East over the weekend, police reported.
The surveillance video was posted on the North East Police Department’s Facebook page at about 1 p.m. on Saturday and has drawn more than 16,000 views and more than 400 shares.
It shows five people walking down a sidewalk at about 3: 30 a. m. Saturday.
The only one without a mask appears to be a teenage boy or a young man, while the faces of the other four people are concealed by scary Halloween- style masks.
NEPD investigators believe that the five people in that video are juveniles and that they are people of interest regarding the spray- painting of profanities and other marks on business and town signs, as well as at least three vehicles, police reported.
Using green and black spray paint, the person or people responsible defiled the bridge over the railroad tracks at the north end of town, police said.
As they walked southward, the person or people responsible also spray- painted the “Welcome to North East” sign, two restaurant signs, a store sign and at least three vehicles – two that were parked on Beech Street, the other a truck near Main Street, police added.
In addition, according to police, the person or people responsible marred the wall behind the Church of the Nazarene in the 100 block of South Main Street with spray paint.
After reaching the North East Community Park in the south part of town, the person or people responsible also spray- painted the center pavilion, or band- stand, police reported.
A crime scene photo shows that the perpetrator or perpetrators spray- painted, “Go Trump, bro.,” apparently in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“We need help in identifying these subjects. Wanted for questioning for incidents that occurred on Friday night ( Oct. 7, 2016) in the Town of North East. Thank you,” the NEPD Facebook post reads.
It indicates that the vandalism occurred on Friday night, although the video surveillance footage shows the suspects at 3: 30 a. m. Saturday.
NEPD Chief Darrell Hamilton said he does not believe that this incident is related to the “creepy clown” craze that has been sweeping the United States, although four of the five people of interest videotaped are wearing masks.
This photo shows the words, “Go Trump Bro.,” that vandals spray-painted on the floor of the pavilion at the North East Community Park.
Investigators are trying to identify these two people — one masked, one not — in connection with a vandalism spree that occurred in downtown North East over the weekend.