Vandals hit buildings owned by fire department

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Volunteers at one Hanover fire station are outraged tonight. Vandals, armed with spray paint, hit their buildings overnight -- spraying politically charged messages on their walls.

This happened at the department's old fire station on New Bethesda Road near Mechanicsville Turnpike.

"I was angry. It was something we have to take care of immediately, cleaning it up and fixing the building, repairing," said Lee Lawrence, the President of the East Hanover Volunteer Fire Department.

The firefighters spent the day cleaning it up. They don't believe their fire department was the intended target, but think it was the Tea Party group that meets here weekly.

"Given the political nature of the graffiti itself, we think it's aimed at them. The department's name doesn't really appear on the building. It seems that may be the case - they were aiming their statements at the Tea Party," said Lawrence.

Regardless of who this was aimed at, the damage was done - the only witness - a resident goat that was moved behind the building, overnight by the vandals.

"People do strange and silly things, things that are not smart. They want to make statements but they don't want to be seen and it's almost cowardly in a way," he said.

From one message to another - Lawrence had this to say:

"If you have something you need to say then do it out in public where people can see you and take you seriously," he said.

Police are urging anyone with information about this weekend's vandalism, to come forward. You can even Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 780-1000.

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