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Vandals leave path of destruction in Mid-Michigan city

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Source: Clayton Township Police Source: Clayton Township Police
CLAYTON TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Swartz Creek homeowners be warned, police say there has been a string of malicious vandalism. 

Police said the suspect or suspects are using black, gold and orange colored spray paint to deface sides of new build homes, sheds, detach garages and walls of businesses.

The graffiti includes racial hate remarks and symbols, offensive language and explicit sexual pictures. The vandal(s) have also been smashing vehicle windows parked close to the road. The vehicles’ interior is then destroyed and items were stolen.

Mailboxes were also smashed and destroyed. Investigators believe the acts of destruction are random and not targeted.

All of the crimes were reported in the city of Swartz Creek.

Police said neighbors and the community can help defer these types of crimes by leaving as many exterior lights on as possible, such as a garage, porch and backyard flood lights, etc.

Residents should also lock and remove any valuable items from their vehicles at the end of the day and park close to their home or near lighting.

Report any strange or loud noises, suspicious vehicles or unknown people walking in the neighborhood at odd hours of the night. 

Police said the vandals targeted a strip mall, private sheds and other unconnected places.

"We can't put a specific pattern on this yet. It's from the north part of our township to the south part of the township. We haven't determined any motive yet. I don't believe there is. It's just random acts of destruction," Interim Police Chief William Tucker said.

Tucker said it's disheartening to see the vandalism on brand new homes, especially vandalism with such offensive imagery.

"This is someone's dream home and before they could even move in, someone with just a random act of, well not violence, but just being destructive, dampened it for them," Tucker said.

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