West Olympia police station damaged by vandals

from The Olympian

The west Olympia police station sustained a large amount of damage early Friday morning when suspects broke nearly all of the station’s windows, painted graffiti on the outside walls and put super glue in the locks.

Lt. Paul Lower said the vandals struck the station, located at 221 Perry St., sometime between 3:15 and 3:30 a.m., just after one officer left the station, and right before another officer returned.

“We believe that they were either listening to our radio traffic or watching the station, waiting for the patrol cars to leave,” Lower said.

The windows appear to have been broken using rocks, baseball bats and jars of paint, he said. All of the outside locks were filled with glue, and the suspects also applied glue around the edges of one door in a possible attempt to seal it shut.

The graffiti spelled out anti-police messages such as ACAB, which stands for all cops are bastards. Other graffiti included anarchy symbols, and a message that reads, “no charges.”

Lower said several neighbors called 911 to report sounds of broken windows. One witness said they saw three suspects fleeing on foot, and another said they saw a vehicle driving erratically from the scene.

A police K9 was brought to the scene to search for suspects, but the track only ran about half a block. Lower said that is consistent with suspects fleeing on foot and climbing into a vehicle.

Meanwhile, the windows at Olympia City Hall, which houses the Olympia Police Department’s headquarters, are still broken following a Sept. 5 protest.

Demonstrators armed with baseball bats and rocks broke several large windows on the downtown building. Lower said repairs to city hall are scheduled for Oct. 5.