PIQUA — Cars, a garage, a business, and streets were not safe from an alleged Piqua vandal overnight between Sunday and Monday, who spray-painted racial slurs and other general vandalism on other people’s property.
“As of now, we’ve had… over 10 reports,” Deputy Chief Marty Grove of the Piqua Police Department said. The vandalism reportedly occurred mainly in the area of Beverly, Gray, Garfield, and Edge Streets. There has been a report on South Street and at the Sundown Tan building as well.
The first report came in at 6:30 a.m. on Monday. The damage was done with black spray paint, according to Grove. Eight cars have been spray-painted. Some were vandalized with just a line of black spray paint going across the door, suggesting that the perpetrator could have been in a car or on a bicycle riding by the vehicles while doing the damage.
“One of the cars had a swastika painted on it,” Grove said. “We had a garage painted with a swastika.” A racial slur was also reportedly painted on the garage.
“It’s mainly been cars,” Grove said about the damage. “They spray-painted a couple signs.” They reportedly spray-painted the word “don’t” on a stop sign in addition to other vandalism on signs. They also reportedly changed a sign reading “Gray” to “Gay” on Gray Street.
“We’re encouraging anybody with any information concerning to give us a call and also anybody that has damage and hasn’t reported it, we want to hear from them, too,” Grove said.
Grove said that the Piqua Police Department is following up on leads, but they still want to hear from anybody with possible information or tips.
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.
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