Latest Vandalism News

3 arrested for vandalizing South Carolina church

Nov. 27, 2020 6:07 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Three people face charges in South Carolina for allegedly spray-painting a church. Officers early Friday arrested Nathan McElwain, 43, Jesse Earle, 29, and Sarah Sleeman, 30, for malicious injury to a place of worship. Earle and Sleeman each posted a $5,000 bond. McElwain is...

Historic Black church in Missouri vandalized

Nov. 27, 2020 5:58 PM EST

HOLTS SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A historic Black church in Missouri has been vandalized, leaving its congregation reeling and authorities looking to find out who did it. The Callaway County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that the acts committed at the Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Holts...

Audubon: Images of 'racism, white supremacy' on trail signs

Nov. 27, 2020 11:56 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Audubon found several stickers on its trail signs in Concord last month with “images of hatred, racism and white supremacy,” the nonprofit’s president said. Doug Bechtel, president, said in a video message last week that the organization removed the...

Vandals target pioneer monument, Washington statue

Nov. 27, 2020 10:11 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Park Police are investigating after vandals toppled a statue of George Washington and defaced a pioneer monument with anti-colonialist graffiti early Thanksgiving morning. The Star Tribune reports a statue of Washington was torn from its base in Washburn Fair Oaks Park and...

Sara Steen stands in front of the COVID-19 memorial honoring the Larimer County residents who have died from the virus as of early October in Fort Collins, Colo., on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. After the emblems on the memorial were vandalized, a neighborhood-wide effort restored the memorial in less than two weeks. (Bethany Baker/The Coloradoan via AP)

Neighbors help restore COVID memorial after vandalism

Nov. 27, 2020 9:27 AM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Rounding the corner of Sara Steen’s Fort Collins home, walkers, cyclists and passers-by are greeted with dozens of circles. Roughly the size of small dinner plates, each one boasts a different color scheme and, at their center, a small stick-figure person. There are 63...

Lincoln statue vandalized with red paint in Spokane

Nov. 26, 2020 5:48 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An Abraham Lincoln statue in Spokane has been vandalized with red paint. The paint appears to have been applied late Wednesday or early Thursday, the Spokane Police Department said. Police said there are no suspects and the motive for the vandalism isn’t clear. The statue...

Portland police arrest 3 following vandalism to businesses

Nov. 26, 2020 1:21 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland arrested three people early Thursday following damage to at least 10 businesses. Police say they responded to reports of a group of people smashing windows and spray-painting graffiti on buildings. Businesses sustaining damage include banks, an auto service center,...

Vandals try to pull down Chicago park's McKinley statue

Nov. 25, 2020 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Vandals tried to topple a Chicago park’s statue of President William McKinley early Wednesday using a rope tethered to a car, police said. The attempt to pull down the statue at McKinley Park failed about 4 a.m., but police said the statue was spray-painted with graffiti that WGN-TV...

Vandals try to pull down Chicago park's McKinley statue

Nov. 25, 2020 1:52 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Vandals tried to topple a Chicago park's statue of President William McKinley early Wednesday using a rope tethered to a car, police said. The attempt to pull down the statue at McKinley Park failed about 4 a.m., but police said the statue was spray-painted with graffiti that WGN-TV reported...

Debris lays in front of graffiti that reads in Spanish

Guatemala condemns fire at Congress; 12 injured in protests

Nov. 22, 2020 5:47 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s government called fires set by protesters at Congress “terrorist acts” while the Inter-American Human Rights Commission on Sunday condemned what it called an “excessive use of force” by police against demonstrators opposed to a new budget...