Latest Vandalism News

'Big chair' in front of Vermont bank damaged by vandals

Jul. 30, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A giant ladderback chair that stands 19 feet (5.8 meters) tall may be big but it wasn't tough enough for some vandals. Damage to the massive “Big Chair” made from 3,000 pounds (1,361 kilograms) of cedar and white pine was captured early...

Vigilantes raid southern Mexico town, abduct 21, burn homes

Jul. 27, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (AP) — A couple of hundred armed men descended on a town in the mountains of Mexico’s southern Chiapas state, burned vehicles and at least a dozen homes, vandalized the town hall and abducted 21 people, authorities reported Tuesday. ...

Blinken decries swastika vandalism in State Dept elevator

Jul. 27, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday condemned an incident in which a swastika was carved into an elevator wall at the State Department's main headquarters. Blinken said in a message sent to all department employees that the vandalism is a...

2 arrested over allegedly defacing BLM mural in California

Jul. 26, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Police in Northern California arrested two men over allegedly vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural painted on a street in Santa Cruz. The men allegedly took turns performing burnouts with their vehicles along the mural on a downtown Santa...

After vandalism, NYC George Floyd statue cleaned, will move

Jul. 24, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A statue of George Floyd that was defaced in Brooklyn has been cleaned and is headed for Manhattan's Union Square. The artwork was unveiled on the Juneteenth holiday in a spot on Flatbush Avenue. Five days later on June 24, it was vandalized with black...

Vietnam War memorial in Boston vandalized with red paint

Jul. 23, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Vietnam War memorial in Boston has been vandalized with red spray paint. Boston police say the the vandalism was discovered Thursday on the memorial in the Rose Garden in the city's Fenway neighborhood. . The red paint is scrawled...

NYC police seek suspect in vandalism of religious statues

Jul. 18, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are searching for someone seen on security video violently vandalizing two religious statues outside a New York City church. The video was released early Sunday as police continue to search for the vandal involved in the incident at Our Lady of...

N. Carolina man accused of defacing Black Lives Matter mural

Jul. 14, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have arrested a man who's believed to have vandalized a Black Lives Matter street mural painted to honor a man shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies. Elizabeth City police said Jeremy Wayne Maggard, 32, was...

Town offers reward for tips in covered bridge vandalism

Jul. 13, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

PITTSFORD, Vt. (AP) — The town of Pittsford is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who spray-painted graffiti on an historic covered bridge. "I suspect somewhere out there somebody knows who did this and it would be nice if they...

Rhode Island Columbus statue vandalized by teens

Jul. 09, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Two teenagers are being charged with vandalism and malicious damage to property after they allegedly vandalized a Christopher Columbus statue in Rhode Island. This is one of many recent incidents regarding the vandalism of historical figures...