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79-Year-Old Arrested for Vandalism of Upper Montclair Business, Police Say

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair police made an arrest on Friday morning of a 79-year-old vandal suspect who wrote politically-motivated statements on the storefront of a Montclair business. Anthony DiNapoli, of Montclair, was charged with Prohibited Acts of Graffiti.

Powerstretch Studios located in Upper Montclair, was vandalized 6 times over the last few days. Neighbors came together this past weekend to paint over the graffiti with a positive message. However, the vandal struck again defacing the mural several times since. He wrote things such as "Make America Great Again" and "Suck it Up, Buttercup."

When posting the acts on social media, owner Hakika DuBose explained that it was difficult to post surveillance or a camera there because her business had suffered a fire that caused the business to be displaced.

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After the 6th incident, DuBose and a friend decided to stake out the business. The vandal was seen early Friday morning by DuBose and she immediately contacted the Montclair Police Department.

"Anthony DiNapoli, of Montclair, was charged with Prohibited Acts of Graffiti as a result of an investigation into multiple reported incidents of vandalism which occurred to a storefront at 255 Bellevue Avenue," wrote Lt. David O'Dowd of the Montclair Police Department.

 

 

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