Save Money in this Sunday's paper

comments

‘Purge’ vandalism found in Rock Hill

By Michael Livingston
mlivingston@heraldonline.com
G922SMB5L.3
Anna Douglas - adouglas@heraldonline.com
“Purge” vandalism found in the Tall Oak Villas neighborhood on Ebenezer Road in Rock Hill.

ROCK HILL A social media hoax related to a summer horror movie may have influenced a few acts of vandalism last weekend in Rock Hill, police say.

Police on Monday found three cases of the word “Purge” spray-painted in blue on property on Ebenezer Road. Authorities say the vandalism caused at least $900 worth of damage, according to the Rock Hill Police Department.

In one case, a 1997 Ford F-150 was tagged on the passenger’s side door, while parked at an interior design business. The two other cases involved vandalism at an eye care business and a real estate company.

In another incident not reported to police, a wooden pole in the Tall Oak Villas neighborhood was vandalized with the word “Purge.”

Police suspect the vandalism cases occurred between Friday night and Monday morning. Officers were aware of talks of a prank circulating on Facebook and Twitter, related to “The Purge” movie, said police spokesman Mark Bollinger.

The social media hoax did not result in violence, Bollinger said.

Michael Livingston •  803-329-4082
Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more



Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more


Quick Job Search
Salary Databases
CharlotteObserver.com