WELLSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Wellsville police call the painting of a swastika on a dugout wall an isolated incident, and they want to know who is responsible.
Someone put the Nazi symbol and the words “Make America White Again” up at Quackenbush Field earlier this week. Volunteers painted over it.
As of Thursday afternoon, police do not have any suspects.
Here is a statement released by Police Chief Timothy O’Grady on the matter:
“This incident occurred on private property and was reported to the police by a local media outlet. Upon the officer’s response, the initial focus was to determine who owned the property so that we could establish a complainant. Once that was completed we worked with the property owners to ensure the graffiti would be promptly painted over. I would like to thank the volunteers who quickly responded to ensure that this was done. The graffiti was certainly concerning, bias and racially charged but we have not developed a specific target. The department is actively investigating the incident and will charge anyone responsible. There are no suspects at this time and we are asking that anyone who may have observed suspicious activity in that area during the overnight hours of Monday into Tuesday morning to please contact the police department at 593-5600.
At this time it appears that this is an isolated incident. In no way does this act represent the sentiments of the Wellsville residents and it will not be condoned. In my opinion the incident has received more media attention that it deserved, which is exactly what the vandal wanted.”