Investigation of graffiti vandalism at UNC continues

Apr. 08, 2013 @ 06:29 PM

UNC Department of Public Safety is trying to identify a man who may have been involved in break-in and larceny incidents at the Student Union around 3 a.m., March 31and again on April 1.

About $1,000 worth of wooden artwork was taken.

The crime on March 31 happened around the same time someone vandalized North Campus with pink spray paint, including campus landmarks such as the Old Well.

And although campus police are investigating the crimes separately, they are trying to determine if the two are related.

On Monday, campus police released photos of a man they called a person of interest in the Student Union break-in and theft.

Also, Randy Young, a spokesman for the department, said more incidents of graffiti vandalism were found over the weekend on South Campus at the Business School parking deck.

Young said that incident is also being investigated separately from the initial act on vandalism that took place March 31.

Meanwhile, one of the women at the center of complaints to the U.S. Department of Education that UNC mishandled sexual assaults was said by one student to have been targeted in the March 31bout of graffiti vandalism.

Andrea Pino, who along with two students, one former student and former assistant dean of students Melinda Manning, filed the complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, reportedly told area media the door to her room in McIver Residence Hall was vandalized with graffiti.

A knife spray painted red was also reported to have been left in the dorm’s first-floor kitchen.

Young said campus police had not made a link between the graffiti vandalism and the complaint Monday afternoon.

“At this point, we’re not looking at any individual or organization as being targeted, but the investigation is still going on,” Young said.

UNC Public Safety is asking anyone with information which may aid in this investigation to call either UNC Police Investigator Ross Barbee at (919) 962-0564 or contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC CrimeStoppers at (919) 942-7515.

Calls are confidential and anonymous. You can also submit information to Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

Photos of the person of interest can be found at this link: http://www.dps.unc.edu/NewsLinks/CrimestoppersWeb/UnionFlyer.pdf