State Police investigate anti-BLM vandalism at Jericho residence
Vermont State Police said Thursday they were looking for a suspect who painted anti-Black Lives Matter graffiti on a private house and vehicle in Jericho.
According to the police report, the crossed out letters “BLM” were painted on the north side of the Route 15 residence and on the driver’s side door of the car.
State police said they informed the Vermont attorney general’s office of the incident for possible investigation as a hate crime.
The incident took place in what the police called a high traffic area, which allowed the offender (s) to apply the graffiti quickly ”and then leave. There is no camera coverage on the site, nor any “known witnesses or suspects”.
In a Facebook post, a neighbor of the person whose home was vandalized said a Black Lives Matter sign posted in front of the house was recently stolen. Neighbor Brian Walsh said the vandalism occurred on Wednesday evening.
Hours after his first post, Walsh uploaded photos of demonstrations in support of surrounding neighbors for the target of vandalism. “When racists attack your car and your house, what do you do? Get up, fight. Proud of my neighbors, ”he wrote.
VTDigger has reached out to Walsh for further comment but has received no response.
State Police spokesman Adam Silverman has asked the public for help in trying to identify a suspect.
“For anyone in the public who has any information on this, or even if anyone who may have been driving with a dash cam that might have captured anything in that area at that time, they should contact the Williston Barracks, ”Silverman told VTDigger.
Anyone with information can call the Vermont State Police Station in Williston at 802-878-7111 or submit an anonymous online tip at vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.
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