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Vandals Target Speed Cameras in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. - In Salisbury, a chain of vandalism incidents have occurred, destroying five speed cameras, that have since been replaced. Police do not have any suspects, but said that the numbers 1776 and 1774 were spray-painted on the devices in order to block the camera.

The five incidents happened in the downtown area of Salisbury, two on East College Ave., one on East Main Street, and two on Route 50 by Davis Street. The town replaced the lenses of the camera with taxpayer money.

"We had 5 cameras that were vandalized with spray paint," said Capt. Scott Kolb of the Salisbury Police. "Generally vandalism is done by juveniles. But it appears that the person who used the spray paint, had the intent to not let anyone else get cited by these cameras."

The police have not speculated as to whether "1776" has any meaning behind it. But are looking for the public's help in finding the suspect, asking anybody who is aware of the incident to provide information.  

Onyx Keethaponcalan, a freshman at Salisbury University who was walking by one of the boxes Monday, said that he understood the vandal's intentions, but still thought it was wrong.

"Speed cameras area annoying," he said. "But people shouldn't really vandalize them because they're common property."

On East Main Street, Timothy Meagher said that the graffiti problem went far beyond just the destruction of speed cameras. He said his neighborhood is full of these colorful drawings.

"I'm all about art," he said. "But I'm not sure that's appropriate artwork."

The city washed the outside box of the camera, but a blurred red mark still remains on these devices. But police said that the lenses are brand new, prepared to capture anyone speeding over the limit.

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