Sunday night, a public facility on the Seymour square was vandalized.
It was at the city-owned bathrooms located on the square’s east side.
The damage was discovered shortly after the sun set by
Patrolman Robert Lucas of the Seymour Police Department.
“It wasn’t extensive, but this incident involved the hand pressing of paint handprints in several places on the exterior of the public bathrooms,” Seymour Police Chief Steven Pogue explained.
He said blue paint was used.
“To me, it looks like the work of a few kids who found a gallon of paint,” Pogue said.
Blue handprints are most prominent on the west-facing wall of the bathroom. The round bench in front of the bathrooms also was vandalized, as well as on the north wall that is shared with Seymour Chiropractic.
Even the cement floor in the bathrooms’ area was laced with blue handprints.
“It’s just foolish,” Pogue said.
“This won’t be easy for our city crews to clean up."
City workers John Griechen and Robert Sikes began the clean-up process early Monday morning.
Pogue estimated the damage at $500.
“The damage will be determined by the amount of time it takes to clean it up,” he said. “If (the damage) goes above $500, then this becomes a felony.”
On Monday morning, Pogue said there were no leads on the case.
He expects that to change.
“Right now, we’re investigating camera footage near the doors of the bathroom,” Pogue said.
Sgt. Chase Davis, detective for the local force will lead the crime’s investigation.
“It would be in the best interest of those who did this to come into the office,” Pogue concluded. “We’re going to figure out who is responsible, and I’m confident we’ll be more willing to work with the people who did this if they save us the effort of taking the time to fully investigate.”
Anyone with information about the vandalism is urged to call the Seymour Police Department at 417-935-4200.
“I don’t understand the point of doing something like this in our downtown,” Pogue said.
“This truly was a pointless crime.”