Six reports of spray paint vandalism in the City of Beaufort appear to be connected, according to police.
Gold and black spray paint was left behind with words including “gang,” “folk” and “crip,” police spokeswoman Sgt. Hope Able said. Four vehicles, the side of a concrete fence, wooden signs and the side of a pump house were all painted on.
The separate incidents were reported Tuesday and Wednesday on Duke, Calhoun, Short, New and Laurens streets, according to Beaufort Police Department reports. Two Laurens Street incidents were reported in the early morning hours Tuesday, and the remainder were reported Wednesday morning.
On Duke Street, a vehicle belonging to the Beaufort-Jasper Economic Opportunities Commission included “crip” painted in gold along with a rude drawing on the hood of the vehicle. Executive Director Leroy Gilliard said he didn’t know why someone would do that. The vandalism there was found and reported Wednesday morning. No other vehicles belonging to the commission were damaged.
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Another act of vandalism by way of gold spray paint is being investigated by Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at Lady’s Island Baptist Church. An angry message was found on the church’s sign Wednesday morning and is believed to have been put there some time overnight.