Graffiti vandal or vandals damaged several downtown businesses and sidewalk around Fountain Square Park
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A graffiti vandal or vandals spray painted the Bowling Green ballpark, Bowling Green Daily News, Morris Jewelers as well as a sidewalk in several places surrounding Fountain Square Park and other locations in the downtown area at around 4:00-5:00 A.M.
“Officers are walking the downtown area to determine if there is graffiti on any other buildings,” Bowling Green Police Department spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said at about 9 a.m. Friday morning.
“Spray painting on buildings is expensive, also on sidewalks. It has to be cleaned up so obviously the city property, they, the city will go take the steps necessary but the businesses will be the ones that will also be impacted because they have to pay for this out of their pocket to have this cleaned up and also it’s tax money so yes, we don’t like having to spend that money to try to clean this mess up,” said Ward.
Much of the graffiti was remove throughout the day by employees at local businesses and the city.
Spray paint on sidewalks said several different statements including “A public park only for the rich who live on the square,” referencing Fountain Square Park.
Other messages read, “free Palestine,” “my body my choice” and “defund the police.”
“Report news not propaganda,” was spray painted on the side of the newspaper building.
Beth Kessler owns a business on square.
“It’s not one type of demographic that comes out here, it’s all of us. We all come down to enjoy the park. So, its really sad. Its really sad that there’s people in this community that want to spew hate and not love. It’s just not the message that we want to spread,” said Kessler.
Police are trying to identify the person responsible by sharing the video with the public.
Police describe him as a white male with blonde hair, sunglasses and a mask.
“It’s disgusting. It’s disgusting that people are vandalizing basically people’s businesses by doing this. He’s out here trying to spend his time to clean up the sidewalks. You’ve got the daily news, the ballpark, I mean, these people are hurting people. They are hurting all of us,” said Kessler.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 270-393-4000.