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Boxcar hit by vandals



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It’s at least the third time in less than a year that a Klan reference has been spray-painted on property located within Lincoln County.

Lincolnton Police weren’t aware of the situation when the Times-News contacted the agency Wednesday afternoon about the statement “Back KKK” written in large, black letters on the stationary boxcar situated at the corner of Poplar Street and East Sycamore Street, along a portion of the Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail.

The community may recognize the boxcar as having previously housed the now-defunct business “The Box Car House of Bargains.”

The Times-News also alerted the Communications Center about the incident Wednesday. They, too, said they had yet to hear about the graffiti but promised to send an official out to survey the scene.

Lincolnton resident, Wesley Harrill, who said he frequents the trail about once a week, believed the culprits weren’t associated with the Klan but were likely individuals who wanted to stir up area drama.

“Some random idiot probably did it,” he said.

Police Chief Rodney Jordan said he contacted the property owner Wednesday afternoon. The owner gave him consent to remove the words.

“I got with the street department, and we got some paint and painted over it,” Jordan said.

The incident didn’t sit well with the local law enforcement leader.

“It’s sad to know that individuals would commit this type of vandalism in our city,” he said. “We will not tolerate it.”

In October, neighbors along Carolina Mill Circle in Lincolnton united to wash off a similar Klan reference and statement about killing African-American babies, which had been painted on an area railroad crossing power supply shed.

Three months earlier, in an unrelated case, the Sheriff’s Office arrested two teens accused of spray-painting a female Ku Klux Klan member along N.C. 182 in front of a house where a schoolmate lived, the Times-News previously reported.

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