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Graffiti found on buses, dormitory, but no link seen to racist tags at park
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Three Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier buses and a dormitory building across from Faith Baptist Church were reportedly vandalized in the past week, Gainesville Police said.

Police said three vehicles at the clubs’ 1 Positive Place address “had curse words spray painted on them” sometime between 4 p.m. April 4 and 9:15 a.m. Monday, April 8.

“We got in Monday, and we noticed that there was some vandalism with graffiti that was done to three of our buses,” Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier CEO Steven Mickens said Thursday, April 11.

Mickens said police were contacted and graffiti removal supplies were purchased from Lowe’s.

“This is actually the first time that I can ever recall that we had something like this take place with vandalism and particularly graffiti,” he said.

On Monday, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office took a report of vandalism at Clarks Bridge Park involving racial epithets, foul language and reference to the KKK.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said investigators believe it happened after 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

Police took a burglary report Tuesday, April 9, from an incident on Crow Road, where Richard Cole found the lock cut off an old dormitory building across from Faith Baptist Church.

“Once inside he discovered there was graffiti painted on the walls and damage to the carpet,” Capt. Kevin Gaddis wrote in an email.

Cole said the graffiti was “very vulgar” in the dormitory building which has been used for camp meetings in the past.

Though he did not discuss many details of the case, Cole said the graffiti was different from that seen at Clarks Bridge Park.

Gaddis said he had “no information linking them together at this time.”

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