Gang Graffiti in Greene County?

By: Philip Stewart Email
By: Philip Stewart Email

July 27, 2007

Graffiti on a campaign sign in Greene County is raising questions about potential gang activity in that area.

The graffiti is on a campaign sign for Steve Smith. He is running for Sheriff in Greene County along with two other candidates.

The sign is located at the intersection of Old route 33 and Route 230 in Stanardsville. A star is drawn over the candidate's face and "bloods" is spray painted over the rest of the sign.

Smith does not want to make the incident a political issue, but he is urging anyone vandalizing any kind of property to stop.

"It is private property and no matter who the candidate, me or whoever, just respect their property and let the message get out to the people," said Smith, who is currently with the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office.

In addition to the vandalism itself, the word painted on the sign, "bloods," is raising new questions about potential gang activity in the county.

The current Greene County Sheriff, Scott Haas, who is seeking re-election, said he could not comment on how seriously his department was taking the crime. He added that he hadn't seen the paperwork on the crime yet.

Back in April there were several properties vandalized. At that time police were also unable to confirm they were gang related. No word if this incident is in any way connected with those.

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