Suspects sought after Liverpool vandalism spree

EAST LIVERPOOL – City police are investigating widespread vandalism overnight Thursday that left cars, homes, businesses and public buildings damaged.

Detective Rob Smith reported Friday that bright pink spray paint was used to write graffiti and profanity on the high school, Trinity Presbyterian Church, a dentist’s office, several vehicles, homes and street signs.

Damage was found on Jennings, Perry and North streets, McKinnon Avenue, Maine Boulevard and the surrounding area. One resident said she had been told a resident of Smithfield Street also suffered some vandalism.

As of Friday afternoon, eight reports of damage had been filed, and police expected more to come in.

Two suspects, identified by Smith as kids, were captured on video surveillance tape at the high school, and police are waiting to obtain a copy of that video which they expect to provide to the media so the boys can be identified.

Meanwhile, residents and others were seen outside in Friday’s cold temperatures, attempting to rid their properties of the paint.

On North Street, for example, senior citizen Marian Freeman was using a variety of cleaners to try and remove bright pink “smiley” faces from her pristine white garage while her Jack Russell terriers Skippy and Bella watched.

She said a neighbor’s vehicle was spray painted after having just been repainted from an earlier vandalism.

Meanwhile, police are asking anyone who has any information about the vandalism to call the station at 330-385-1234 and ask for detectives or leave a message on the tip line. Information can be provided anonymously.