Rock Hill man charged with sketching graffiti in Winthrop University art building

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 1, 2013 

A Rock Hill man who claimed affiliations with a Lancaster art studio was charged with vandalism last week after police say he etched graffiti on the walls and in the bathrooms of a Winthrop University art building.

Travis Thomas Sinclair, 36, is accused of using a black Sharpie on Thursday to sketch drawings and markings on the walls, elevator doors, in the basement and bathrooms of the Rutledge Building, which houses the university’s fine arts department and several studio spaces and features student artwork, according to a Winthrop Police report.

Throughout the afternoon, Campus Police spoke with several students, faculty and staff members, who said they spoke with Sinclair, who they reported to police as a suspicious man carrying a black Sharpie and drawing on the walls. Some of the graffiti featured a woman’s name, while other drawings made mention of sculptor Bob Doster, who owns an art studio in downtown Lancaster, according to the report.

Police confronted Sinclair after receiving word that he had gone to another building, McLaurin Hall, home to the university’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

While police questioned him, Sinclair became hostile and uncooperative, the report states, before claiming that he has artwork displayed at Doster’s gallery and in Gallery 102, also in Lancaster.

Sinclair apologized to police for the trouble he caused before he was taken to jail and charged with third-degree burglary, according to the report. He also has been banned from Winthrop’s campus.

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