Bismarck police are investigating a spate of graffiti incidents that occurred across town at several different locations, including Memorial Bridge, "Yellowstone" steamboat and Clem Kelly softball complex.

Police reported seven different locations were hit with graffiti overnight on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Silver and gold "anti-police" phrases and #NODAPL had been painted on the bridge, Sertoma and Kiwanis park buildings and a utilities box at one business, according to police.

The "Yellowstone" steamboat on River Road was also heavily vandalized, although Bismarck Parks and Recreation District staff "blotted" over some of the cruder phrases.

Dave Mayer, operations director for the park district, said the park buildings have already been repainted, but the steamboat won't be fixed until next year when the entire boat is repainted.

“That one needed to sit over the winter to weather, because it’s pressure-treated lumber and that whole boat is getting repainted next year anyway," Mayer said.

Damage done to the steamboat and a park trail sign caused $1,000 worth of damage.

Additionally, police responded to five related calls of graffiti and identified $1,900 worth of vandalism.

According to police:

• A Washington Courts maintenance building was painted with anti-police words. The side of a Clem Kelly softball diamond building was covered with a silver #NODAPL, and a structure on the northside of Kiwanis Park had the same phrase in gold.

• Retaining walls of Memorial Bridge were also covered in gold and silver, and a green utilities box at the Smile Center on South 2nd Street was similarly spray-painted silver.

Mayer said the parks district filed a police report on Wednesday. 

“Maybe once in awhile some of the property gets some graffiti on it, but to have that many places in one night really isn’t normal," he said.

All incidents appear to be related, Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said.

If you have any information on the crime, call Bismarck Area Crime Stoppers at 701-224-8477. Information can be given anonymously and you may be eligible for cash rewards if the information leads to an arrest.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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