Vandalism Under Investigation
Rector authorities are seeking help from residents in finding those responsible for a rash of vandalism which has appeared in the form of graffiti throughout the city. Graffiti has been painted along several sites in town. Vandals have "tagged" locations such as the Veterans Memorial, Rector High School, Rector Elementary School, Rector Public Library, Northeast Arkansas Innovative Training Center, Elite Enterprises, Rector Downtown Park, Rector Church of Christ and others, including signs along local roadways.
"It's an affront to everyone in Rector," Chief of Police Glenn Leach said. "Personally, I'm outraged by it, and, honestly, I hope everyone else is, too. It's absolutely disgusting and disrespectful. If anyone has any information which can help us apprehend whoever is responsible for this, they need to call the Rector Police Department (595-2423)."
Leach noted an unnamed member of the Rector Veterans Memorial Park Committee is offering a $1,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the graffiti.
Leach believes this graffiti began during the late night Wednesday, June 19 to early morning Thursday, June 20 timeframe. He said additional vandalism appeared through this past weekend.
While most of the graffiti features the words "Stokes for life," Leach said he believes those responsible are purposefully including the local family's name, rather than the family actually being involved in the crimes.
"I've talked to the family and they're upset to have their name dragged into this," Leach said. "I can't blame them. We're not sure who is responsible, though it's likely juveniles, but I think it's unlikely anyone in that family is involved. If you were going to do something like this, and went to the trouble of hiding while you were doing it, you probably wouldn't put your name on it."