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VOL. 126 | NO. 121 | Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cameras Catch Spray Painter at TN Capitol

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NASHVILLE (AP) – Surveillance cameras caught a person on video spray painting graffiti on parts of the Tennessee State Capitol over the weekend.

More than one spot of the building was tagged with anarchist symbols and messages, like "Get Out." By Tuesday, workers had washed off the spray paint.

Tennessee State Trooper Lt. Preston Donaldson told The Tennessean that footage from three cameras shows one person spray painting the building around 5 a.m. on Sunday.

Gov. Bill Haslam said on Tuesday that he was disappointed about the vandalism at the capitol.

"When you see something like this it's just senseless," Haslam said. "And all it's doing is costing taxpayers money that we could be using for other things to go clean it up."

The Department of Safety Criminal Investigators investigated Sunday and Monday. Metro Gang unit and criminal investigation division are also investigating.

Donaldson said it's the second straight weekend of vandalism at the capitol. Over the weekend of June 11-12, the building was defaced with eggs and margarine.

Whether the egging and graffiti incidents are connected is part of the investigation, Donaldson said.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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