Van­dals tar­get down­town North East

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ ce­cil­whig. com

— 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.

NORTH EAST

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF NEPD

This photo shows the words, “Go Trump Bro.,” that van­dals spray-painted on the floor of the pav­il­ion at the North East Com­mu­nity Park.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF NEPD

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.

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