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.