Latest Vandalism News

Pastor seeks understanding with vandal, not prosecution

Jun. 13, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The pastor of a vandalized Georgia church said he doesn't want to seek criminal charges, but instead seeks to reach out to the person who graffitied the church's buildings. “My concern was not about the building. It was about the person,” Will...

Vandals deface billboard that honored slain Chicago cop

Jun. 09, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A billboard honoring a Chicago police officer who was killed on duty in 2018 was defaced with the word “propaganda.” The billboard, sponsored by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, showed a photo of Officer Samuel Jimenez and a positive message...

Shock after swastika painted on door of Tucson synagogue

Jun. 09, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A vandal painted a red swastika and an anti-Jewish slur on the front door of a Tucson synagogue, prompting a police investigation and revulsion from congregants as well as Gov. Doug Ducey. The vandalism was reported to police after a congregant at...

Amazon city shuts down amid attacks over trafficker's death

Jun. 07, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian Amazon’s biggest city ordered schools closed and suspended public transportation Monday amid a wave of vandalism and violence that has followed the death of an alleged leader of a drug trafficking ring in a shootout with police. ...

Asian food truck in Utah damaged with racist graffiti

Jun. 07, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

LAYTON, Utah (AP) — Police are seeking information about an Asian food truck in Utah that was damaged with racist graffiti, but it's too early to know if it will be investigated as a hate crime, officials said Monday. The World Famous Yum Yum Food Truck shared photos of...

Mural honoring George Floyd vandalized in Philadelphia

Jun. 04, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A mural of George Floyd in a Philadelphia neighborhood was defaced with white nationalist graffiti on Friday, authorities said. The mural was commissioned by the North 5th Street Revitalization Project. The community group believes the vandalism...

Police probe vandalism at NYC gallery as possible hate crime

Jun. 04, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan art gallery featuring an exhibit observing the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre has been struck by vandalism. Police released a video clip from a street security camera on Friday showing someone suspected of smearing white paint...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jun. 02, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 31 The Wall Street Journal on ‘melodrama’ in Texas Legislature: As the Texas legislative session drew near its end Sunday, lawmakers appeared set to pass a...

'Elvis' has left the sign as vandals hit singer's birthplace

Jun. 01, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Elvis Presley's birthplace in Mississippi is offering a $1,000 reward to figure out who took the word “Elvis" off the landmark's sign. The museum discovered the first name taken from the “Elvis Presley Birthplace, Museum & Chapel" sign over...

RI war memorial vandalized over Memorial Day weekend

Jun. 01, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island authorities have opened an investigation after a war memorial was vandalized in downtown Providence over Memorial Day weekend. Providence Police Cmdr. Thomas Verdi said that there have no arrests in connection to the spray-painted...