Adams vandal with red spray paint causes thousands in damage


ADAMS -- Police are looking for a vandal armed with a can of red spray paint who caused thousands of dollars of damage to vehicles and residences throughout Adams over the weekend.

Police fielded more than 30 reports of damage late Saturday and early Sunday, Adams Police Chief Richard Tarsa said. Many of the reports came from police officers as they discovered them.

Anthony Street, Summer Street, Spring Street, Richmond Lane, Mill Street and Depot Street were among the areas hit.

Tarsa said it appeared the perpetrator walked around town in a large circlular route spraying indiscriminately. He sprayed the paint across homes and cars, and circles of paint along the tires and rims of vehicles and on license plates, Tarsa said. "Whatever they came into contact with, they sprayed."

Tarsa said that police do not currently have a suspect in the case and "no motive."

Also damaged in the incident was a Dufour school bus, on which was scribbled the message "I hate school!!! I want extra credit!!!"

Colleen Zajac, co-owner of Monarch Realty, said her sister's home and neighbor were hit by the spray paint.

While they were able to wash off the damage to the neighbor's brick home, her sister was not as lucky. They will have to repaint the front of the house, which could cost a couple thousand dollars, Zajac said.

"It's a pain in the butt."

Tarsa said the cost to remove the paint "is going to be expensive." Some of those who discovered the spray paint while it was still wet, were able to wash it off. For vehicles and homes where the paint had dried, the prospects were not as good.

"There is quite a bit of damage," Tarsa said.

Anybody with information regarding the incidents or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area on Saturday night and early Sunday, should contact the Adams Police Department at (413) 743-1212.

To reach Nathan Mayberg:
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