Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vandals spray graffiti at Boise Masonic Temple

Boise, Garden City, Mountain Home | Idaho Statesman

Sometime between midnight Saturday and early Sunday morning, vandals spray painted the entrance of the historic Masonic Temple at 215 N. 10th St. in Downtown Boise.

The graffiti read "V 4 Victory." Those were the same words spray painted at the Masonic Temple in Meridian this summer, said Corey Turner, vice president of the Boise Masonic Temple Association.

"We don't know who it is, or who to suspect," said Turner. There was no other damage to the building. Vandals broke a window at the temple in Meridian, but didn't damage that building otherwise.

Turner, who's been with the organization for 25 years, believes the act wasn't random, and that the Masons were singled out.

"People think the Masons are a new world order, trying to take over," he said. People are misinformed. The group focuses on community and philanthropy, and trying to lead good lives, Turner said.

The historic temple, which became the latest addition to the city's list of historic local landmarks this fall, was the subject of a recent story in the Idaho Statesman.

The Masons filed a police report. Boise Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said there are no suspects. She asks that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. Ultimate Carpet Cleaning cleaned up the spray paint for free, said Turner.

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