DEER LODGE — A man is being sought for spray-painting graffiti on the historic Old Montana Prison wall along Main Street in Deer Lodge on Sunday.
About 12:30 p.m. a person at the nearby 406 Bistro reported the incident to police, saying the suspect was wearing jeans with one pant leg rolled up and a black hoodie. He reportedly walked toward Second Street and was followed by a car. Police Chief Rick Johnson said he arrived immediately after the call, but could not find the suspect or a vehicle that matched the description of the one reported.
Museum staff, Mayor Zane Cozby and others arrived to find spray-painted graffiti on two panels of the granite wall reading “No Prisons No Piplineses.”
Johnson said it appears the culprit was trying to spell "pipelines" but is a poor speller.
Soon after the incident, six volunteers worked with stripper and brushes to remove the black paint before it had time to set. Mayor Zane Cozby asked fireman Rex Anderson, who is also a city alderman, to bring a fire truck to rinse off the chemicals.
Most of the paint was removed. The sun will hopefully fade remnants of the vandalism.
People with information are asked to call police at 406-846-9585.