The Sheriff’s Office has released surveillance video of two possible suspects in the investigation of vandalism to the Confederate War Memorial on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds early Thursday morning.
The video appears to show two light-skinned males wearing hooded sweatshirts entering the courthouse square from Church Street at 12:15 a.m.
The statue was spray painted with graffiti that included obscene language, the agency said. The vandalism is believed to have occurred after midnight on August 17.
Clean-up crews moved quickly after the damage was discovered Thursday morning to remove graffiti.
There was no permanent damage to the statue. Detectives continue to work to locate possible additional surveillance video of the suspects.
There are several security cameras around the courthouse complex. This morning, two portable cameras were brought in and posted near the memorial.
The incident follows days of continuing tension and debate following the riot in Charlottesville that resulted in the deaths of one protester and two state troopers on Saturday.
On Wednesday, County Chairwoman Phyllis J.Randall called for a community dialogue in the future of the Loudoun monument and Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a statement urging localities and the General Assembly to remove all Confederate monuments.
“As we attempt to heal and learn from the tragic events in Charlottesville, I encourage Virginia’s localities and the General Assembly – which are vested with the legal authority – to take down these monuments and relocate them to museums or more appropriate settings. I hope we can all now agree that these symbols are a barrier to progress, inclusion and equality in Virginia and, while the decision may not be mine to make, I believe the path forward is clear,” McAuliffe said.
Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. You may also submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app.