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Authorities arrest man in vandalism to Confederate Monument
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Posted on 02/07/2007 4:09:54 PM PST by csvset

Authorities arrest man in vandalism to Confederate Monument

In a follow-up to a story we first reported in June of 2005, on Monday, Portsmouth Police arrested a man and charged him with vandalizing the Confederate Soldiers' Monument located in the downtown area of the city. 

The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Troy Capps of Portsmouth.

Police say he was involved in defacing the monument on Court and High Streets by spray-painting the faces of the soldier with black paint.

The monument was badly damaged, and crews worked for months to restore it.

Capps was charged with a Class 6 felony. There was no information released on whether or not Capps is believed to have acted alone.


Previous Coverage:

Portsmouth Officials Begin Clean-up on Confederate Monument

Portsmouth officials have begun the effort to restore the vandalized monument to Confederate soldiers in the city's downtown.

Authorities say sometime last Friday night or Saturday morning, someone spray painted black paint on the faces of the four soldiers depicted in the monument, which is located on Court Street near its intersection with High Street in downtown Portsmouth.

City officials consulted metal experts on the best way to remove the paint from the memorial without removing the patina of the soldier, who are made of cast zinc.

A metal conservator from Richmond began removing the paint Thursday morning. Although progress was made, authorities say the paint may never be completely removed because it actually soaked into the over-100 year old, coarse metal.

The Confederate Memorial, dedicated in 1893, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The monument features a 56-foot granite pillar surrounded by four statues of men representing a different branch of the Confederate military: Cavalry, Infantry, Artillery, and Navy.

The monument clean-up is expected to cost $1600. The money is coming from a fund already set aside by the city to restore local monuments.

Police have made no arrests in connection with the vandalism. Anyone who may have information that can help their investigation is asked to call the Crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: confederate; monument; portsmouth; punk; vandalism
Here's a pic of the perp

Troy Allan Capps

Photo: Portsmouth Police

1 posted on 02/07/2007 4:09:58 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset
His parents must be so proud.
2 posted on 02/07/2007 4:13:02 PM PST by msnimje (You simply cannot be Christian and Pro-Abortion.)
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To: csvset
Confederate punishment:

Horsewhipping

3 posted on 02/07/2007 4:13:42 PM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: csvset

I remember this. How did they happen to catch him now?


5 posted on 02/07/2007 4:15:49 PM PST by GATOR NAVY (Naming CVNs after congressmen and mediocre presidents burns my butt)
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To: csvset

He should have to clean urinals with a toothbrush in the airport for several years and then brush his teeth with the same toothbrush.


6 posted on 02/07/2007 4:16:51 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Spray paint his ugly mug and let the metal experts remove it.


7 posted on 02/07/2007 4:18:53 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: GATOR NAVY
No word yet on how they caught up to him.

I'd bet he was flapping his yap about it.

8 posted on 02/07/2007 4:21:39 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset

Obviously this moron doesn't know that blacks fought on the side of the Confederacy and that freed black men in the South also owned slaves.


9 posted on 02/07/2007 4:24:33 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: csvset; patton

we drove past that monument many times.
glad they caught the guy who painted it.
any ideas how they caught him after all
this time?


10 posted on 02/07/2007 4:26:24 PM PST by leda (The quiet girl on the stairs.)
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To: csvset

Hope his neighbors spray paint his house and car every night.


11 posted on 02/07/2007 4:33:29 PM PST by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Spray paint his ugly mug and let the metal experts remove it.

"I'm Earl Scheib, and I'll paint any vandal for $39.99."

12 posted on 02/07/2007 4:34:28 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: csvset

He doesn't play for the Patriots, does he?


13 posted on 02/07/2007 4:35:35 PM PST by Loud Mime (“War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision." Gen Douglas Mac Arthur)
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To: Riley

I miss that guy!


14 posted on 02/07/2007 4:37:04 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Past Your Eyes
He should have to clean urinals with a toothbrush in the airport for several years ...

No,no,no, at the bus station down town.

15 posted on 02/07/2007 4:40:24 PM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: yankeedame

I just figured that the airport would be a busier place.


16 posted on 02/07/2007 4:48:12 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: csvset

This perp needs to learn how to respect war dead. There is no excuse for his criminal behavior.


17 posted on 02/07/2007 4:50:29 PM PST by slylentlybold
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To: csvset

I can foresee the next wave of demands from the "offended" civil rights shysters: Start tearing down the old Confederate Civil war monuments in southern towns and cities. Hell, maybe they'll even start at Gettysburg. Will the American public roll over and let them?


18 posted on 02/07/2007 5:28:26 PM PST by StormEye
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To: csvset

I hope they send the bill to his parents.


19 posted on 02/07/2007 5:38:13 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; StormEye; slylentlybold; Past Your Eyes; yankeedame; Jet Jaguar; Riley; ...
Suspect in defacement of monument says it was done as a dare
By Jen McCaffery, The Virginian-Pilot
© February 8, 2007
Last updated: 11:45 PM

PORTSMOUTH - A man police charged with defacing the city's Confederate Monument nearly two years ago said he did it as a dare.

During a brief interview at his apartment, Troy Allan Capps, 20, said he "didn't even really remember" spray painting the faces of the monument's troops on June 18, 2005.

The motivation for the vandalism of the Court Street monument had perplexed city leaders.

Repair work from the incident was completed this summer, according to Nancy Perry, director of museums for Portsmouth.

The cost of those repairs, a long with other planned restoration work on the figures, was more than $44,700.

Capps has been charged with felony destruction of property, said Ann Hope, a spokeswoman for the police department.

He faces a minimum sentence of one year in prison and a maximum of five years in prison if convicted, Hope said.

He has been released on bond.

He is the only person who has been charged in the incident, Hope said.

Capps, who lives in of the 10 block of E. Pollux Circle, said he had been at a party in Olde Towne drinking that night.

He declined to say if anyone else was involved.

"It was just a dare," Capps said. "Teens drunk, being stupid."

He also said he didn't know where the black spray paint came from.

The monument features a granite pillar and life-size figures of a sailor, cavalryman, infantryman and an artillery man that are mounted on pedestals and represent a different branch of the Confederate forces.

A document filed in Portsmouth General District Court provides a somewhat different account than what Capps described Wednesday.

On Monday, Capps told police that after work that night, he climbed over the fence surrounding the monument, then sprayed the soldiers' faces with paint. That summary does not mention a party.

About a week after the incident, the city of Portsmouth brought in a metal conservator from Richmond to do about $1,700 in "rescue work" to remove as much paint as possible from the faces, Perry said

Then last summer, a conservation company came in for seven days and completed cleaning and repairs on the four figures for a little more than $43,000, Perry said.



20 posted on 02/08/2007 1:25:59 AM PST by csvset
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To: StormEye

Will the American public roll over and let them?





yes


21 posted on 02/08/2007 1:40:18 AM PST by chasio649
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To: csvset

$43,000? To remove spray paint from metal statues? What kind of paint was it, pigmented super-glue?

It might have been cheaper, and protected the statues better (who casts monumental statues for outdoors out of zinc, anyway?) to have spray-painted the whole figures with matching rustoleum.


22 posted on 02/08/2007 2:36:29 AM PST by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: csvset
"I'd bet he was flapping his yap about it."

He looks just brite enough to boast he painted the 'federate's face black to the wrong one.

23 posted on 02/08/2007 2:49:07 AM PST by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: proudofthesouth
Obviously this moron doesn't know that blacks fought on the side of the Confederacy and that freed black men in the South also owned slaves.

Interesting perspective. However, I believe more blacks fought on the side of the Union.

And, were there any instances where a freed black man owned a WHITE slave?

24 posted on 02/08/2007 11:14:45 AM PST by ponder life
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To: ponder life
Though I'm no expert on the War Between the States and have only read one book long ago about a white illegitimate male that became a white slave; I'm not sure of how many white slaves there were.

Perhaps some other FReeper can educate the both of us.
25 posted on 02/08/2007 2:24:01 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: proudofthesouth
Though I'm no expert on the War Between the States and have only read one book long ago about a white illegitimate male that became a white slave; I'm not sure of how many white slaves there were.

You're probably thinking of Mark Twain's "Puddnhead Wilson" and that was fiction.

26 posted on 02/15/2007 2:07:15 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur
There's the Sally Miller case, in which the Supreme Court decided that a German indentured servant girl whose parents had died had been sold off as a part-black slave. Louisianans were so outraged that their state supreme court found in her favor that they abolished the court altogether, then reformed it the next day with a whole new bunch of judges.
27 posted on 02/15/2007 2:45:13 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep
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