A social media hoax related to a summer horror movie may have influenced a few acts of vandalism last weekend in Rock Hill, police say.
Police on Monday found three cases of the word “Purge” spray-painted in blue on property on Ebenezer Road. Authorities say the vandalism caused at least $900 worth of damage, according to the Rock Hill Police Department.
In one case, a 1997 Ford F-150 was tagged on the passenger’s side door, while parked at an interior design business. The two other cases involved vandalism at an eye care business and a real estate company.
In another incident not reported to police, a wooden pole in the Tall Oak Villas neighborhood was vandalized with the word “Purge.”
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Police suspect the vandalism cases occurred between Friday night and Monday morning. Officers were aware of talks of a prank circulating on Facebook and Twitter, related to “The Purge” movie, said police spokesman Mark Bollinger.
The social media hoax did not result in violence, Bollinger said.