Neighbors clean up hateful messages

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  Bellevue neighbors are cleaning up the graffiti left on their property overnight. Someone spray painted racial slurs against jews and blacks on fences, cars and trailers.

"I'm a bit distrubed. not necessarily shocked at least that's my perspective because I guess this could happen in any place and in any neighborhood," said neighbor, Nathan Elmore.

It happened around 4 o'clock this morning in an otherwise quiet neighborhood. And while residents try and paint over the hateful messages safety concerns are raised.

"This is kind of disturbing. my comfort level has definitely gone down a little bit," said Bellevue resident, Nick Cooper.

Right now police are trying to determine if the person responsible is linked to another vandalism incident. Just last month this similar message was written on a sidewalk in Bryan Park. Neighbors, although upset, would rather ignore the vandals hateful comments.

"I think it's just meant to be obnoxious and I think for the most part we should just not react to it," said vandalism victim, Peter Slag. "I don't think we should make a big deal about it and I think that's the best way to deal."

Police are checking to see if security cameras at nearby businesses might have caught the vandals in the act. If caught the person could be charged with felony vandalism and face up to 5 years behind bars.

If you have any information about this incident you can make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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