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Four juveniles charged after racist graffiti spray painted

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By Geoff Hamill

Four juveniles have been charged by Springfield Police after graffiti depicting racist phrases and logos were painted on several local buildings, signs and other property.

Springfield Police Officer Charlie Osbourn said the juveniles painted racists phrases, as well as other graffiti, at the old Springfield swimming pool, and also on the offices of Ed O’Daniel and Simms and Montgomery Insurance, the old Reeds Food Land building, some local garages, a pickup truck parked on High Street, about 15 road and street signs, and the pavilion located behind Springfield Christian Church.

Osbourn said the four juveniles were all 15 years of age, and all were Caucasian. Charges against the juveniles included criminal mischief in the 2nd degree, curfew violation, theft by unlawful taking, and additional charges against one of the teens were filed for burglary and attempted arson. Additional charges are also expected to be filed against others in the case, according to Osbourn.

“We had a burglary a couple of weeks ago,” Osbourn said. “Somebody broke into the pavilion at Springfield Christian Church, painted some things there, and tried to start a fire. We had nothing to go on until now, but when we caught them on this case, one of them admitted to doing that.”

No estimate could be given on the amount of the damage, but Osbourn said repairing the damage at the old Reed’s Food Land could be the most costly. The property is now federally owned, and he said any repair work done would have to be done at the prevailing wage, which would make the cost about $30 per hour for workers on the job, according to Osbourn.