Downtown Portales buildings vandalized

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor

Portales Police are investigating a graffiti spree that marked up approximately a dozen downtown buildings Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said police had received 10 reports of graffiti vandalism, most of them coming in on Wednesday. He said police noticed other buildings that had been tagged had not been reported officially.

“It looks like most of the reports we have at this point are on businesses in the downtown area,” Berry said.

Berry said police have video surveillance at one location that sets the crime at that location at about 11 p.m. Tuesday. The video showed at least two individuals, probably male and in their teens or early 20s.

Berry said the vandals used red paint, and while the graffiti didn’t have any identifiable gang symbols, it did appear to have an anarchist look to some of the spray painted writing and symbols.

Among the buildings hit were the Tower Twin, Doerr and Knudson Attorneys, Portales Inn, Portales Public Library, Portales Fire Department and the Memorial Building.

Michelle Goodwin, general manager of the Tower Twin, said the north side of the theater was vandalized as were the front doors to the business. She said the suspects wrote profanity as well as other words and symbols on the building.

“It looks like they kinda went all over writing racial things and anarchist symbols,” Goodwin said.

She said she used the Internet to research the writing and symbols and said she found connections to the Arian Brotherhood and Hitler.

Several businesses have contributed reward money and a $1,000 reward is being offered through Crimestoppers for the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

The Crimestoppers phone number is 356-8100.