Anyone with information about the graffiti or those responsible for the damage can reach the Warren Police Department at (586) 574-4700.

Anyone with information about the graffiti or those responsible for the damage can reach the Warren Police Department at (586) 574-4700.

Photos by Brian Louwers


Graffiti mars fences, wall in Warren neighborhood

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 3, 2018

WARREN — Warren police are investigating a series of property damage complaints involving graffiti that included swastikas, accompanied by cryptic verbiage, spray-painted on wood fences and a brick wall in a neighborhood near Schoenherr and Common roads.

On Aug. 3, Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer confirmed that the Warren Police Department was investigating at least three incidents that occurred on Common, Schoenherr and Ridgefield Avenue, respectively. 

“It is believed this occurred between July 31 and Aug. 1. The third one, between July 31 and Aug. 2,” Dwyer said. “It appears they were done by the same suspects in all three incidents.”

At least two of the locations were painted with the letters “NBM” and what appeared to be a swastika symbol now synonymous historically with the Nazi movement. At one location, a numerical sequence was also painted, along with the words “very rare forever.” 

Dwyer said detectives would speak with neighbors and look for additional evidence in the area as part of an ongoing investigation. 

Graffiti is typically a malicious destruction of property complaint that can be filed at various levels legally, depending on the amount of damage. Using racist language or symbols with the intention to intimidate others is a more serious crime and could result in further charges, if the investigation determines that was indeed its purpose. 

Anyone with information about the graffiti or those responsible for the damage can reach the Warren Police Department at (586) 574-4700.