Graffiti Vandals Hit Buses, Businesses in Va. City

June 8, 2010

Harrisonburg police are investigating a weekend graffiti spree that targeted more than two dozen school buses, businesses and other property.

Police spokeswoman Mary-Hope Vass says the vandals caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.

Twenty-one school buses, six businesses, three bus shelters, a police cruiser and other properties were spray-painted with graffiti late Friday or early Saturday morning.

Vass says police believe all the graffiti is gang-related.

Harrisonburg Department of Transportation Director Reggie Smith says the school buses would run Monday with the graffiti still on them.

Smith says he didn't want to pay overtime and make workers spend their weekend cleaning the buses. Cleanup was to begin Monday.

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