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Vandals strike Brazil gas station

Friday, August 31, 2012

For the second time in two years, Citgo North, 1100 N. Forest Ave., Brazil, was vandalized. As employees arrived for work Friday, they discovered a rock had been thrown into a glass window. [Order this photo]
For the second time in two years, a local gas station has been vandalized.

On Friday, Brazil Police Department officials reported it was dealing with two acts of vandalism taking place within a six-block radius.

Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen told The Brazil Times one of the incidents took place at Citgo North, 1100 N. Forest Ave., Brazil, while the other act was performed on a vehicle parked on Georgia Street.

"(The acts of vandalism) were within the general area of each other," McQueen said, adding both cases were being treated separately.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., Friday, Citgo North gas station employee Harry Mayle arrived for work when he noticed a glass window had been broken.

He spotted a medium-sized rock next to the window and immediately called law enforcement officials.

Storeowner Mohammad Rahman told The Times the building has security cameras and tapes were taken to authorities.

"We will look into that and see if we can make any determinations from the video," McQueen said.

In March 2011, the gas station was vandalized as well, as someone spray-painted graffiti on the walls of the building.

At the time, officials had called the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding the spray-painted words on the gas station's wall as it was considered a hate crime.

Anyone with information regarding the vandalism is encouraged to call the police department at 446-2211.

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