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9 buildings vandalized in Downtown Greensboro; suspects caught on video

The Greensboro Police Department said so far, they believe nine businesses were vandalized by graffiti.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Multiple businesses have been vandalized in Downtown Greensboro Wednesday morning.

The Greensboro Police Department said so far, they believe at least nine different businesses and structures were covered with graffiti.

WFMY News 2's Amber Lake took a walk downtown to talk to a few of the owners.

“Anytime you destroy stuff for no reason it’s ridiculous,” said Todd Omley, Maintenance Tech in Greensboro. 

Omley, along with other businesses were re-painitng and scrubbing the walls of their buildings marked with graffiti. 

An employee at The Guilford building said he spent most of the day trying to scrub the graffiti off the wall. They also shared a video with us of a suspect walking around near the building. 

Credit: WFMY / Amber Lake

“Caught the lady on camera. The one that wrote on the Guilford building and the police came and wrote a report,” said employee Carl Jarrell. 

The owner of "Just Be" on Elm Street said it was disheartening to come to work and see the graffiti on the wall; some markings have already been covered up. 

Police pulled surveillance video and saw two people who appear to be seen vandalizing property. 

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum was also marked. 

CEO, John Swaine, said he was frustrated when he saw the defacing of the building. 

“This is not what we do in a community so it was very disappointing, but I’m sorry that they resorted to doing things like this," Swaine continues, “the people who did this, I would encourage them to come here and learn about what this building represents. Just two days ago we commemorated the 62nd anniversary of the 1960 sit and movement that happened right here in this very historic building. We are working right now to gain our NHL, National Historic Landmark, on this building. We are working to have it inscribed as a world heritage site of social conscience. So, anyone who’s looking for something to do, strike out at something, go find some dirt and play in it,” Swaine said. 

Thankfully, a pressure washing company was able to lift much of the paint off the walls of the ICRCM.

“This is uncalled for hopefully you will be caught so just stop,” said Christopher Blair, Downtown Greensboro ambassador program team lead. 

Greensboro police said this was not a gang-related event.

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