Police seeking leads in misspelled graffiti left outside Dillsburg

Liz Evans Scolforo

Police don't yet know whether graffiti spray-painted on the concession stand at Bostic stadium on Northern York County School District property was the work of kids, Carroll Township Police Sgt. David Smith said, but it's a possibility.

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Smith declined to release the exact contents of all the graffiti because some of it was racially charged, he said.

The graffiti, found Monday morning by district employees, was done in red spray paint, in large letters, on the side of the concession stand, according to Smith. The district notified police right away, he said.

Misspelled? Smith did say that "M13" was written on the wall.

"I think they might have missed the 'S,'" he said, explaining it's possibly a reference to the violent international gang MS-13.

But if that's the case, and it was an actual gang member who had written the graffiti, "they probably would be spelling it right," Smith ventured.

He stressed that nothing is known for sure yet — except that the culprit or culprits are facing charges that would include institutional vandalism. It's still early in the investigation, Smith said.

'Senseless': In an emailed statement, Northern York School District Superintendent Eric Eshbach called the vandalism senseless.

The graffiti was removed by midday on Monday, he wrote.

Eshbach wrote that he couldn't comment further because the crime is under active investigation by police.

A damage estimate wasn't available as of Wednesday afternoon, Smith said.

"We're hoping to get some leads (from tipsters)," he said.

Anyone with information about the crime or who's behind it is urged to call Carroll Township Police at (717) 432-3317, or call the York County Office of Emergency Services at (717) 854-5571.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.