Concord Police Seek Skateboarding Person of Interest in Keying of Cars at GOP Event

Concord police seek public's help in identifying a person of interest seen near cars keyed at a New Hampshire GOP event, raising concerns about politically motivated vandalism.

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Concord Police Seek Skateboarding Person of Interest in Keying of Cars at GOP Event

Concord Police Seek Skateboarding Person of Interest in Keying of Cars at GOP Event

Concord police have released a surveillance image of a person of interest seen near cars keyed outside a New Hampshire GOP event at Concord High School on April 14, 2024. The image shows an individual riding a skateboard near the damaged vehicles during the Republican Party convention held at the school.

Police were called to investigate the incident after receiving reports of cars being keyed at the New Hampshire GOP event. A number of cars were found damaged by being "keyed" in the high school parking lot and surrounding streets. Many of the targeted vehicles had state representative license plates or political vanity registrations, indicating they may have been singled out for being owned by members of the Republican Party.

Investigators obtained video footage of the person of interest and are now asking for the public's help in identifying the skateboarding individual. "We're hoping someone will recognize this person so we can speak with them about the incident," said Concord Police Lieutenant Sean Ford. "At this point, we have no evidence suggesting this was a targeted attack on the GOP event, but we are examining all possibilities."

The Concord Regional Crimeline has issued an alert seeking tips to identify the person seen skateboarding in the area on April 13. The Crimeline is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case. All tips can be submitted anonymously.

Why this matters: The keying incident at the New Hampshire GOP event raises concerns about politically motivated vandalism and the targeting of individuals based on their party affiliation. As the 2024 election season intensifies, such incidents highlight the importance of fostering a climate of civility and respect in political discourse.

New Hampshire GOP Chairman Chris Ager stated that while there is currently no evidence directly linking the vandalism to the Republican event, the school did receive a complaint about the GOP meeting being held on campus. Police are urging anyone with information about the person of interest sought in the keyed cars cases to contact the Concord Police Department or submit a tip through the Concord Regional Crimeline. "We take all reports of vandalism seriously and will thoroughly investigate this matter," Lieutenant Ford said. "With the community's help, we're confident we can identify the individual in the surveillance footage and determine their involvement, if any, in this incident."

Key Takeaways

  • Concord police seek person of interest in car vandalism at NH GOP event.
  • Surveillance image shows individual on skateboard near damaged vehicles.
  • Targeted vehicles had GOP-affiliated license plates or registrations.
  • Police investigating incident but no evidence of direct link to GOP event.
  • Crimeline offers reward for information leading to arrest and indictment.