Latest Vandalism News

Man arrested during Virginia Capitol protest over Northam

Feb. 18, 2019 4:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A protester at the Virginia Capitol has been arrested during a protest against Gov. Ralph Northam. Capitol Police said 23-year-old Patrick Talamantes of Sacramento, California, was charged with vandalism and littering after he tossed a container of red dye in a Capitol fountain. Police...

Swastikas removed from pictures of French Holocaust survivor

Feb. 13, 2019 10:26 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Street portraits of a prominent Holocaust survivor that were graffitied with swastikas have been restored by the artist who painted them on mailboxes in Paris. The images of Simone Veil, who survived the Auschwitz death camp and went into government and politics in France, were found defaced...

Admitted pipeline vandalizer fights racketeering lawsuit

Feb. 11, 2019 4:12 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Phoenix woman who has publicly admitted to vandalism along the route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in two states is asking a judge to dismiss her as a defendant in a $1 billion federal racketeering lawsuit filed by the pipeline developer. Ruby Montoya was one of millions of...

Michael Jackson wax statue removed by Danish mall

Feb. 11, 2019 11:31 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's oldest shopping mall has removed a wax statue of Michael Jackson out of fears it could offend customers and may be vandalized because of accusations that the late pop star molested boys. Charlotte Andersen, marketing manager for the Roedovre Centrum mall in suburban...

UK police probing damage to Jewish cemetery as hate crime

Feb. 10, 2019 11:29 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Police in northwestern England say they are investigating vandalism at a Jewish cemetery as a hate crime. The Greater Manchester Police department says parts of the Jewish cemetery in Whitefield were damaged on Friday or Saturday. The force says a prominent headstone was damaged, windows and...

Man pleads no contest to stalking Rihanna at Hollywood home

Feb. 7, 2019 7:45 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who authorities say broke into Rihanna's Hollywood Hills home and spent 12 hours there when she was not home has pleaded no contest to stalking the singer. Los Angeles County prosecutors said Thursday that 27-year-old Eduardo Leon of Fullerton entered the plea to felony counts of...

London grave of Karl Marx vandalized in hammer attack

Feb. 6, 2019 11:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Custodians of a London cemetery say the tombstone of Karl Marx has been damaged in a hammer attack. The German philosopher and economist was buried in Highgate Cemetery after his death in 1883, and his grave was later topped with a large bronze bust atop a base bearing the words "Workers of...

Pregnancy center vandalized amid late-term abortion debate

Feb. 1, 2019 6:13 PM EST

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia pregnancy center has been vandalized days after a debate over late-term abortion in the state capital sparked controversy nationwide. Police said in a statement that the vandalism reported early Friday at the Pregnancy Center of Culpeper included...

Police arrest juvenile in vandalism of Hindu temple

Feb. 1, 2019 11:48 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say a juvenile suspect has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief in connection with vandalism at a Hindu temple. Louisville Metro Police Detective Russell Montfort told news outlets the 17-year-old suspect was arrested Thursday after police received a...

Brazilian embassy in Berlin vandalized with rocks, paint

Feb. 1, 2019 4:00 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Vandals have attacked the Brazilian embassy in Berlin, damaging some windows with stones and covering others with red paint. German police said at least four unidentified suspects were involved in the attack at about 1 a.m. Friday on the downtown building. Tall windows in the front of the...