Vandal paints swastika, other graffiti on Queensbury buildings and signs

October 02, 2019 07:12 PM

QUEENSBURY - You can't miss the bright blue paint scrawled on the outside of the Queensbury Masonic Lodge.

"Crip 58" in one spot, and "58 Crip" in another.

On the sign for the Masonic Historical Society, more references to the West Coast street gang, and a swastika.

"Anybody who sees a swastika understands it's a symbol of hate. It's designed to cause fear, it's designed to cause anger and unrest in the community."

Just a few hundred feet up Burke Drive, the shed at the United Methodist Church has the same blue-colored graffiti.

This is the most recent vandalism at the Masonic Lodge. They've had sheds destroyed and doors broken down. You can still see the white paint on the vinyl siding which hides the graffiti scrawled here previously.

Al Bryant, the secretary of the Masons, says they believe the damage is being done by kids who live nearby. He says his organization even put up basketball hoops to give the kids something better to do.

"They tore it down three times. They don't want to play, they just want to destroy and I don't understand why," said Bryant. "I don't understand why they would attack us."

Bryant estimates the Masons have spent $15,000 to repair the damage through the years. They put up cameras on the outside of their building and have six more on the way.

Depending on the total cost of the damage this time, the people who did it could be looking at felony charges.

"It's not an insignificant inconvenience," said Stockdale. "This is a big deal. It's going to cost money and whoever's responsible will ultimately get an opportunity to pay for that, I hope."


Mark Mulholland

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