HOULTON, Maine — The Houlton Police Department is on the lookout for whoever helped Houlton become greener Tuesday morning — but not environmentally.
Officer Stephen Nason said Tuesday afternoon that sometime Monday evening or early Tuesday, one or more individuals used a paintball gun to pepper houses, cars and downtown shops and historic buildings with green paint.
Several vehicles were hit on School Street and Broadway, according to Nason.
The vandals also targeted houses on School Street before they hit Market Square.
In the historic downtown, paintballs were fired at several businesses, including KeyBank, Visions and Polaris Cable.
A nearby apartment building also was hit, Nason added.
All of the paint was green, and the suspects are believed to have been on foot, according to the officer.
The vandalism did not cause significant damage, but created expenses for those who had to scrub off the paint.
The officer said he could not comment on whether police had any suspects.
Vandalism has become a significant problem for the department over the past year. Throughout the spring and summer, juveniles damaged property in and around Monument and Riverside parks. A number of youths were summoned on charges in those incidents.
Nason said he is not sure whether the recent vandalism spree is connected to any of the previous incidents.
Nason is being assisted in the investigation by Officer Ezekiel Collins.
Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 532-2287 or the anonymous tip line at 694-3545.