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Police investigating several acts of vandalism in Merrill Submitted: 10/19/2017
Story By Allie Herrera

Police investigating several acts of vandalism in Merrill
MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department need helping finding anyone involved in several acts of vandalism that happened earlier this week.

Brian Schwartz has lived in his home on River Street in Merrill for almost 10 years. His garage, his neighbor's garage, and the public service building down the street were vandalized. Schwartz reported the vandalism to police on Monday. 

Schwartz says this is the first time anyone has vandalized his property.


"I was mad, disappointed, frustrated, you know," said Schwartz. "Why [would] something like this would happen now, and why here?"

B & D Motors was also vandalized. One of the semi-trailers was spray painted with curse words.

Nearly $400 in damage was also done to the MARC Center. Electrical outlets and a water fountain were damaged. 

"It goes in spurts like this," said Captain Greg Hartwig with the Merrill Police Department. "We don't get a whole lot of it, but we have had also some vandalism on the River Bend Trail off and on."

Schwartz says he hopes police catch anyone who was involved. He adds that fixing the damage takes time and money. 

"I'd hope it wouldn't happen again, you know? Here or anywhere else. Something like this is just outrageous," said Schwartz. 

"They either have to spray over it or try and match something up on their siding or they can use some elbow grease to get it off, but it's time, effort, [and] money to fix those things," said Hartwig. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Merrill Police Department at 715-536-8311 or Crime Stoppers at 715-536-3726.


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