Eight police vehicles, including the chief's, were spray-painted with graffiti early this morning, and the vehicles' tires were slashed.
Sometime between 1:45 and 3:10 a.m., suspects painted and slashed the tires of seven cars in the police parking lot near the ferry terminal.
The damage to Police Chief Matt Haney's car was done at his home, Bainbridge Deputy Police Chief Mark Duncan said.
The damage is estimated to be $12,000, he said, and police believe Bainbridge High School's graduating seniors may be to blame.
"What a ridiculous waste of tax dollars," Duncan said, adding: "It's a sad legacy for the class of 2008 to leave behind."
Duncan declined to say what the suspects wrote on the cars, but he said police are following a number of leads to track down the culprits. Two of the cars in the parking lot at the station were brand new, he added.
Two Bainbridge officers earlier this week had paint sprayed on their vehicles after driving over white paint, part of the island's tradition of "Paint Night," in which graduating seniors write celebratory messages on roadways. The "Welcome to Bainbridge Island" sign near Agate Pass Bridge and the high school's track was also marked with "08" and "2008."
In the comment section of the paper - someone put it best. It is going to be a rough summer for the BI kids.