Crime Stoppers & Boone PD Search for Suspects Vandalizing Town With Graffiti Saturday

Published Monday, January 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:

On Jan. 21, 2017, shortly before 4 a.m., several subjects started vandalizing buildings in downtown Boone. The subjects traveled east along King Street and continued damaging buildings, signs and a police car. Damage is estimated at $5,000.

See the damage and suspects in the attached videos and photos below. 

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On Saturday, Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford issued this statement: 

“As Chief of Police, I assure the citizens of Boone that this case will be a priority for us. It is deeply disturbing that some people believe that they have the right to damage other people’s property and businesses to express their views in an unlawful way. While people have the right to disagree with any elected official, damaging innocent people’s property is not consistent with Boone values.

“The words “Black Lives Matter” was spray painted on several locations along with anti-police and anti-Trump slogans. In addition to the vandalisms reported earlier, a police vehicle parked at the town’s public works facility was spray painted with similar rhetoric. This is an offense against all of Boone. The cost of cleaning or repainting a police vehicle is not coming from President Trump but Boone taxpayers.” 

PD Car Edited (1)Pictured in an earlier release, two females purchasing paint at Wal-Mart were identified, voluntarily met with investigators and are no longer suspects at this time, according to the Boone Police Department, which is moving the investigation slowly to ensure accuracy.

The Boone Police Department thanked those who helped identify these two people. 

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.

High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.

See more damage: 

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“Ruled by White Supremacy” was spray painted on Appalachian Antiques in downtown Boone.

 

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“Black Lives Matter” was spray painted on Appalachian Antiques window in downtown Boone.

 

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