West Ashley neighborhood frightened after string of vandalism

West Ashley neighborhood frightened after string of vandalism

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is investigating a string of recent vandalism in a West Ashley neighborhood that left homes, cars and mailboxes covered in racial slurs and profanity.

"This has always been a decent neighborhood," Sarah Lanier, who lives on Lantern Street said. "Nothing like that has ever gone on for however long we've been here and to see that, it's just, it kind of frightens me."

This past week, someone vandalized a vacant house on the street, spray painting racial slurs, swastikas, 'KKK', and other profanities

Lanier is one of a few people in the neighborhood who have been vandalized but chose not to report it. Her brother truck was spray painted with a profane word, but he was able to wash off all of it except the letter 'F'.

"We just thought it wasn't worth it," Lanier said. "We thought it was kids being stupid. I didn't know all of this was happening. It's kind of freaky."

Tucker Strom lives on the same street and said he didn't file a report when his car had 'KKK' painted on it because he managed to clean it off.

"I hope the kids get caught," Strom said. "I mean certainly the house at the end of the street has some nasty damage to it. I mean I'm fine because I scrubbed it right off but it's pretty nasty."

"if it's happened already multiple times, it's bound to happen again unless someone catches them," Lanier said.

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