A series of graffiti were recently found along downtown Poulsbo’s boardwalk. Nick Twietmeyer / Kitsap News Group.

A series of graffiti were recently found along downtown Poulsbo’s boardwalk. Nick Twietmeyer / Kitsap News Group.

Poulsbo police: Graffiti not gang-related

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 12:25pm
  • News

POULSBO — Walkers along downtown Poulsbo’s waterfront boardwalk might have noticed the recent addition of a few graffiti on a beachfront bulkhead in front of the Gran Kirk Condominiums.

According to a Alana Broom, who said she walks the boardwalk every day, the graffiti showed up only in the last few days. The pictures scrawled on the wall, Broom said, appeared to be suggestive of a satanic nature; one bears a pentagram.

Poulsbo Police Chief Dan Schoonmaker first heard of the graffiti when the North Kitsap Herald contacted him Wednesday for comment on the recent vandalism. The chief said he took a walk from his office, down to the boardwalk and sure enough discovered the handiwork. After reviewing them, Schoonmaker said he did not believe the work to be gang-related.

“I think that graffiti, in general, gives people the appearance that there is gang activity,” the chief said. “I can assure you there’s no gang activity in the city of Poulsbo.”

“From a guy who comes from a gang-infested area, if I thought there was gangs, I would be vest-on, gun-on, in a patrol car hunting them down,” he added. “That is not something that we would tolerate here.”

Schoonmaker said the vandalism appeared to just be some kids “screwing around and trying to be edgy.” The chief added that Public Works has been contacted and would be erasing the tag promptly.

A series of graffiti appeared along a shorefront bulkhead near the Poulsbo boardwalk. Nick Twietmeyer / Kitsap News Group.

A series of graffiti appeared along a shorefront bulkhead near the Poulsbo boardwalk. Nick Twietmeyer / Kitsap News Group.

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