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Police: Goose Creek vandalisms may be connected

Police say a pentagram with the numbers "666" were spray painted at this ATM off St. James Avenue (Source: Live 5) Police say a pentagram with the numbers "666" were spray painted at this ATM off St. James Avenue (Source: Live 5)
Police say a vulgar sexual term was spray painted on both sides of the Stratford High School sign Sunday (Source: Live 5) Police say a vulgar sexual term was spray painted on both sides of the Stratford High School sign Sunday (Source: Live 5)
Police believe these men are responsible for the graffiti at the ATM (Source: Goose Creek Police Department) Police believe these men are responsible for the graffiti at the ATM (Source: Goose Creek Police Department)
GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) -

Two vandalisms in Goose Creek within the last week may be related, according to a lieutenant with the Goose Creek Police Department.

Lt. Tom Hill said police are investigating two acts of graffiti which may have been done by the same person/people.

“We believe that they are in all likelihood responsible,” Hill said. “Same color paint, similar writing style, and close proximity.”

A police report states an officer was called to an SC Federal ATM off St. James Avenue in a shopping center Friday morning.

Upon arrival the officer discovered a white spray painted pentagram with the numbers “666” painted above it.

Some people associate these symbols with Satan.

"I grew up in this area and to see what this community has come to, it's a shame,” said Angie Marx, of Summerville. “It really is."

Tuesday afternoon a black box was all that remained in front of the ATM.

Police say ATM surveillance captured two men on camera who are believed to be responsible.

“I don’t [recognize them] actually,” said Codey Ward, a Stratford High School graduate of 2016. “I have no idea.”

“They look like kids, irresponsible kids,” Marx said. “Kids that don’t know any better. That’s what that looks like to me.”

An incident report states surveillance video captured the two men Wednesday at 12:47 a.m. at the ATM. A man with long hair tied in a bun approached the ATM with a white can of spray paint, and vandalized the parking lot, police say.

The report states the second man captured on camera did not spray paint on the pavement, but appeared to be with the other man.

The ATM wasn't the only act of vandalism recently. Sunday morning police were called to Stratford High School, roughly 3.5 miles away from the ATM graffiti location, for another incident.

"It happened a few times while I was at Stratford, and it was funny back then,” Ward said. “Now it's just trashing up the community. It's not really good for the people around here.”

This time, someone had spray painted a phrase with a vulgar sexual term. An incident report states the officer arrived around 8:30 a.m. and discovered the phrase, “my ***** tight” on both sides of the sign.

"Oh yeah that's worse,” said Kristine Amundson, of Goose Creek. “I think it's kids being kids."

"It's provocative, vulgar... it's just not necessary," Ward added.

Officers estimated the damage of the sign to be around $200. Damage to the parking lot area of the ATM was estimated at $100.

"They should pay for the sign and do community work," Amundson said as punishment.

"[I think they should pay a] hefty hefty fine,” Ward added. “Definitely something they couldn't afford, and they'll think next time before doing it."

Anyone with information on either of these incidents is asked to contact the Goose Creek Police Department at (843) 863-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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