Vandals paint from Myrtle Creek to Canyonville

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Authorities are investigating a string of vandalism from Myrtle Creek to Canyonville.

Cindi McGarvey of MYrtle Creek says she often takes walks with her family on the bridge that connect Neal Lane with Days Creek Cutoff Road.

Despite how many times she has walked this path, McGarvey says she was shocked when she saw grafitti drawn in spray paint on the bridge. "My son said, 'Mom, why would someone do this?' He specifically asked if we could buy white spray paint and cover the vandalism."

Offensive words and racist images are spray painted all over the Neal Lane bridge.

Chief Don Brown with the Myrtle Creek Police Department says vandalism has also been reported in Tri-City, Riddle, Canyonville and Myrtle Creek.

Karla Atkinson, a Myrtle Creek resident, says the vandals didn't just hit the bridge. "We woke up the other morning, my husband was getting ready to go to work and he noticed someone had spray painted red paint all over his Ford pickup," she said.

Brown says earlier this week an officer noticed several cars spray painted with a red, squiggly line down Johnson Street.

The paint is causing frustration and concern. "Someone violated my pickup, and now I have to spend the money to get the paint taken off," said Atkinson.

McGarvey says it isn't just the paint that worries her. "It's my children, I don't feel that I can even let them go out without being supervised, because you don't know who is out there and what they are capable of."

Police are still investigating the case.