Staunton Police Search for Racially-Charged Graffiti Suspect

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Staunton police are trying to track down the person who went on a graffiti spree Thursday night.

People in a downtown neighborhood woke up to Nazi swastikas and KKK initials all over their cars. The graffiti spree happened in the 200 block of Jefferson Street and Madison Street, just blocks away from Staunton's main downtown shopping area. Police got nearly 20 calls from people Friday morning.

“It was kind of shocking and sad that in a world like today we're still having graffiti that is pretty much hate crimes written on our cars,” said Emily Moran, a neighbor.

Moran woke up Friday morning to find her neighbors scrubbing their cars furiously.

“It was disgraceful,” said Moran.

Now the search is on for Staunton police.

“No real specific gang signs, the KKK, like I said definitely concerns us and we're looking into that aspect,” said Captain Mark Harlow of the Staunton Police Department.

Despite the nature of the vandalism, police say it just seems random.

“We don't think they're actually targeting minorities or certain religions because it's just like they walked up the street and spray painted whatever car they could come to," said Harlow.

Police think this graffiti spree happened sometime between 10 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday. They also had similar case a few miles away on College Circle Wednesday night.

Police have no suspects yet, and ask that if you have any information on the case to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-332-2017.

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