If we don’t have a “dumbest criminal” section in any Masonic Publications, perhaps now is the time to start one. Officials representing Washington F & A M Lodge #17 in Hamilton, OH are hopeful that spray paint graffiti will be cleaned from the building’s exterior by summer. Most of the time, it is difficult if not impossible to identify the perpetrators in these crimes, many of which deface and destroy historic buildings… Masonic or not! But, this case was a bit different.
The big break in the case came when the graffiti artist made two crucial errors.
- He spray painted his OWN name on the side of the building
- He was observed by police while in commission of the act
Wow! Let’s hope, that the Lodge’s former beauty is restored, and that this man- or any like him- are not permitted within an arm’s length of any other Lodges or Historical buildings. They say that any publicity is good publicity.
In this case, I’m sure that the man responsible for charges and up to $10,000 in repairs might disagree!
Find the entire story from the Journal News following next:
The spray paint covering a Hamilton building located along the city’s main thoroughfare should be removed by this summer, according to owners of the building.
Most of the cost to fix vandalism of the Masonic Lodge building at 724 High St. will be covered by insurance, according to the lodge’s leader.
Thomas Durr, chairman of the Masonic Lodge, said the vandalism caused more than $10,000 in damage.
“Right now we are over $10,000 in damages, probably looking at close to $11,000,” he told the Journal-News. “Fortunately, this is, at least 95 percent of it being covered by insurance. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the guy responsible to pay for it. As a matter of fact, that doesn’t even cross my mind.”
Lamar King, 21, of Hamilton, was arrested and charged with a felony count of vandalism and a misdemeanor charge of possession of criminal tools in connection with the incident.
Hamilton police said an officer saw King sign his name and birth date in black spray paint on the side of the building.
The building’s sandstone is expensive to clean and an expert has been called in to fix it, Durr said.
“We have contracted with a company that specializes in this kind of restoration,” he said. “They will have to work on it this summer when the weather gets warmer. This is a tough job because but you can’t power wash it or it will ruin the sandstone.””