Vandals Make Apparent 'Political' Statement

The home of Meridian resident Barbara Eanes was vandalized, apparently because she expressed her political opinion.

"I just don't understand it, you know," said Eanes.

The 45th Street resident said a neighbor brought her attention to overnight vandalism to her house and yard.

Toilet tissue was strewn around the yard and paint and condiments were smeared on her house. Someone wrote "OBA/" on her house.

Eanes supported John McCain in the presidential race and had a McCain-Palin sign in her yard. She said she found the sign stuffed in her mailbox and her mail had been ripped and thrown on the grass. Eanes says she thinks the vandalism is politically motivated.

"I hope that it was not that reason. I hope it was not that reason at all," said Eanes. "I hope that it was just some silly game, but it's really upsetting that someone will pick you out just because you're someone opposite than they are."

Eanes was apparently not the only victim. Two McCain-Palin signs that were in her neighbor's yard were discovered in two mailboxes.

"They were all just bundled up and put in my mailboxes, telling us that we voted wrong, I guess," said Tera Fitzgerald. "Just disappointed, that I don't have the right to display my signs and how I believe in my heart."

Although there are not any definite suspects at this time, some in the area told Newscenter 11 that they think some students were involved.

Police say crimes of this nature could be considered malicious mischief and could result in 1 to 5 years in jail or up to a $10,000 fine.

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