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Pendleton police are on the track of someone who vandalized properties and vehicles Saturday night on a North Hill neighborhood.
“We have some investigative leads were are following on now to try and lock this thing down and make progress on it,” Police Chief Stuart Roberts said.
Police received the first report of the crimes Sunday morning. Roberts said the culprit sprayed gold metallic paint on three residential properties and five vehicles along Northwest Bailey Avenue, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
“This is significant in terms of the dollar value loss to the victims,” the chief said.
The gold paint is the common denominator here, he said, and police recovered the paint cans. The graffiti varied from the phrase “***K Donald Trump” with a line through “Trump” to the single word “Blood” on one tailgate to “#FreeOG Joseph Johnson” on a building.
Roberts said he had no idea what the miscreant meant with that bit. Pendleton police deal with a couple of local offenders named Joseph Johnson, he said, but he did not know any of them who might be behind bars.
Pendleton has not been targeted by graffiti for a while, Roberts said, but late last summer the “***K Donald Trump” showed up in black spray paint on a side of the strip mall on the 100 block of Southwest 18th Street. Roberts said he notified code enforcement right off to cover up the defacement. Roberts said that was an isolated incident at the time.
While police are working the case, the department also is asking for the public’s help. If anyone have information about the vandalism, contact the local 24-hour dispatch center at 541-966-3651.