Petersburg neighborhood hit with racist graffiti, vandalism

The Tri-Cities

Police: 37 acts of vandalism reported on Thursday

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Racist graffiti was found on the cars of Petersburg Assistant Fire Marshal Marlow Jones in the city’s Berkeley Manor neighborhood.

Petersburg police said Friday that several acts of vandalism and destruction of property have been reported across the city over the last two weeks. In Jones’ neighborhood, the Berkeley Manor subdivision, police report that 37 acts of vandalism were reported on Thursday.

Photos shared on social media Friday show two cars with smashed windows and “KKK” sprayed on them. One image posted by Jones shows the n-word sprayed on the side of what appears to be a food trailer.

Police told 8News that authorities are looking into the racist graffiti and vandalism. Police also said that paint and eggs were also used.

“We are also asking that that if any member of the public that may have captured any of these acts on their home surveillance systems or Ring camera systems to please share that information with us so that we may bring about an end to it by arrested and prosecuting all involved,” Petersburg police said in a release.

Despite scrubbing his pickup truck in the rain and cold on Friday, William Stone still considers himself lucky.

“I’m one of the fortunate ones they didn’t break my windows so,” Stone told 8News. “They had painted KKK on my truck and I see it on my neighbors vehicles so it makes you wonder what the world is coming to.”

Two streets over, Tony Gaines caught the vandal on his home security camera. Gaines, the president of the neighborhood civic association, has lived in the area for more than 40 years.

Gaines’ Mercedes was also hit with racist graffiti. Surveillance footage shows a person walk over to the car and stop at the side with “KKK” sprayed on it.

“It took them about 10 seconds or less to spray paint those letters on my car,” he told 8News. “Using the n-word and KKK, which are synonymous with racism.”

Police have yet to release any suspect information at this time and it’s still unclear if the incidents are being investigated as possible hate crimes.

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