Fairhaven Police have identified the person they believe spraypainted obscene material on the pavement in front of the high school football field's media booth.

This incident happened on Tuesday, July 12, around 9:45 p.m. The young man, caught on video surveillance at the school, was carrying a skateboard and wearing some unique bright-yellow sneakers and a black pair of sweatpants with a distinct yellow stripe up the leg.

Fairhaven High Spray Paint
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"They certainly stand out, don’t they!?" quipped Fairhaven Police on social media earlier this week. "Someone must know this person who decided to write and draw some terrible things on a new area of the football field."
An officer later identified the suspect, whose name has not been released. It was not immediately clear if the suspect had been charged.
The same night as the field vandalism, one of the street signs on Route 18 that indicates whether or not the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic was also vandalized with black spray paint. The sign is located in front of Cork Wine and Tapas and the Seastreak Fast Ferry Terminal. However, it was unclear if the incidents are connected.
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The spraypaint in Fairhaven isn't the first time the 116-year-old high school has been vandalized.

In one of the more serious incidents, back in April 2000, four teenagers admitted to breaking into the high school and destroying computers, furniture, windows and a priceless bust of 19th-century town benefactor Henry Huttleston Rogers. One of the teens also admitted to defecating on a classroom floor.

In September 2012, two out-of-town teenagers set off fire extinguishers inside the school while they were attending a Fairhaven Pop Warner Football game. The juveniles were arrested and charged after police reviewed the video surveillance.

And in 2018, the exterior of the building was tagged with blue and black spray paint:

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