During two separate sprees, vandals used spray paint to cover the Bluffton, S.C., club’s sign with stars and obscenities, and used paintball guns and other methods to splash paint on 23 of the community’s stop signs. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office estimated the overall damage at $8,400.
Vandals left a trail of paint through a Bluffton, S.C., neighborhood during separate sprees on October 7 and 8, including damage at Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club, the Bluffton (S.C.) Island Packet reported.
A superintendent of Eagle’s Pointe noticed some of the vandalism when he arrived at work about 6 a.m. on October 8, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies think that sometime during the previous night, vandals used spray paint to cover the club sign with stars and obscenities, and used paintball guns and other methods to splash paint on 23 of the community’s stop signs, sparing only the first sign at the front of the neighborhood, the Island Packet reported.
“Once they got past that (one), they went to town,” said Joe Pantano, President of the property owner’s association Board of Directors.
Four speed-limit signs also were hit. On Tuesday night, the neighborhood was vandalized again—red paint was splashed over the eagles on both sides of the neighborhood’s entrance sign, the Island Packet reported.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office estimated the damage at $8,400; however, the community might be able to repair or replace the signs for $3,000 to $4,000, Pantano said.
“They just dumped more paint on it,” Pantano said. “It was just ridiculous. I don’t know what thrill they get out of this.”
Three playground swings were broken loose from their chains during the past three weeks, the Island Packet reported.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating but had no suspects Wednesday afternoon, according to Sgt. Robin McIntosh. Deputies asked to have Eagle’s Pointe placed on extra patrols for two weeks, the Island Packet reported.
While vandalism is rare in the neighborhood, mischievous activity pops up every Halloween, the Island Packet reported.
“Last year wasn’t so bad; they just soaped some car windows,” resident Joe Pallo said. “Hey, it’s kid’s play. I used to do it, too. But this—this is bad.”
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