RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – For the second time in less than a year, the General Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond's Fan district has been vandalized.
The Lee statue can be found on Monument Avenue near N. Allen Avenue. Saturday morning, the graffitied text "five-0" could be seen on the monument's base.
Capitol Police tell us an officer on routine patrol spotted the graffiti around 5:20 Saturday morning. The Department of General Services has been notified and a crew is expected to clean up the monument sometime Saturday afternoon.
Back in April 2011, a similar sight sparked outrage when the words "no hero" were painted on the Lee monument, as well as the monument to Jefferson Davis.
In December, another statue of Robert E. Lee was vandalized in Charlottesville. "Occupy will rise again" was painted on the statue. Members of the local Occupy Wall Street movement condemned the action and said Occupy Charlottesville was not responsible.
No arrests have been made in this most recent case of vandalism.
The exhibitions director for Quirk Gallery tells us similar graffiti was painted on the front their building in the 300 block of West Broad Street. They sent us a security image that appears to show a male with a spray paint can in hand. It's unclear if this incident is related to the graffiti on the Lee monument or if the individual depicted in the image actually committed the act of vandalism discovered at the Quirk Gallery.
If you witnessed either incident, or have any information that could be of assistance to investigators, you're asked to call Capitol Police at 786-2568. You can also call Richmond Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.