Hopewell Police investigate graffiti at Hopewell High School

(Source: Mandy Fleenor)
(Source: Mandy Fleenor)

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - Hopewell police are investigating who spray painted graffiti at Hopewell High School.

A newspaper carrier was first to report the extensive vandalism around 6 a.m. Monday, according to Brian Capaldo with Hopewell Schools. Parents arrived to find graffiti at the school and police on-scene. Witnesses say the graffiti is on the school's doors, bricks and on vehicles including a band truck and school bus.

Kimberly Padgett is one of many parents shocked to hear word of vandals tagging Hopewell High School with graffiti.

"It is a shame, it just doesn't make any sense," Kimberly Padgett said.

The words "Who Next?", "Turtle" and "PHS 2014" are just some of the many markings found along side of the recently renovated school building, HVAC units, and several vehicles including a school bus.

"Extensive damage, very terrible, very senseless crime and we need to bring the folks who did this to justice quickly," Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane said.

Mandy Fleenor saw the damage herself after dropping her daughters at school.

"We are a tight knit community we are one high school, everybody knows everybody and it is kind of scary that people could get away with this without cops being on scene right then and there," Fleenor said.

Police say they do have surveillance video but it was not good quality and the suspects were wearing full masks covering their faces. Petersburg Police are aiding in the investigation because of possible ties to that area.

Meanwhile police are falling several leads in the case with hopes of tracking down these culprits.

"We are going to look at social media, we are going to look at is there a different type of graffiti somewhere in neighborhoods that looks the same and maybe we can piece this together here," Keohane said.

While the graffiti has been washed away they are now urging people to come forward by contacting Hopwell/ Petersburg Crime Solvers that number 804-541- 2202.

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