Bowling Green (October 17, 2012 ) – City police are investigating two incidents involving criminal damaging and criminal mischief in which depictions of racial graffiti were made.
The first incident involved the depiction of a “swastika” and offensive words written in chalk on the sidewalk and driveway area of a residence in the 1300 block of Pine Valley Drive, during the overnight hours between October 13 and 14, 2012. Residents of the home located there reported being concerned for their safety as a result of the incident. Police Detectives identified four male juveniles as having been involved in the incident. The juveniles indicated in statements to police that their intent had been to “prank” one of the residents, who is their schoolmate, and who they consider one of their friends, as they engaged in other criminal mischief including smashing pumpkins during the evening of October 13, 2012. Coordination with the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office is ongoing, in the interest of prosecution of the involved juveniles.
The second incident was reported to police during the afternoon of October 15, 2012 as having occurred between 4:00 and 8:30 AM on October 15, 2012 in front of 208 E. Merry Ave., Bowling Green,OH. In that incident, watermelon was found to have been broken on the windshield and hood of a vehicle. Damage was done to the vent area of the vehicle, and a note was reported to have been left on the vehicle which bore a racially offensive phrase.
Investigation into the incidents continues.
Anyone having any information related to these incidents is encouraged to contact the Police Division at (419) 352-2571 or Wood Co. CrimeStoppers at (419) 352-0077 or (800) 54-CRIME. Persons contacting Wood Co. CrimeStoppers have the opportunity to remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000 if the information that they provide proves to be pertinent to the case.