SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Authorities are looking for the public's help identifying a suspect accused of vandalizing the Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Springfield.
Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said that on October 5, around 12:40 a.m., a suspect arrived on a bike, spray painted on the mural, and left the area a short time later.
Investigators have released nearby surveillance video in hope that the public may be able to help in identifying the suspect.
"The individual came as you saw in the video and took his, assuming his spray paint with him. That's something that fingerprints could have been running," Walsh explained. "But ya know, it's difficult unless you getting caught in the act. So that's why we seek the public's help."
In the surveillance video, a part of the suspect's face was shown when they are sitting on the steps of City Hall. But Walsh said the identity of the person is unclear.
"There's so little of the face that was shown. Even if something, which the city doesn't have a face recognition software," he said. "It’s unclear that may have helped. There's just so little of the face seen between the hood and the mask."
This isn't the first time the city's Black Lives Matter mural was vandalized. As Springfield Police Department's Detective Unit requested felony charges of defacement for an alleged suspect, who vandalized the mural on September 14.
There have also been other incidents, but police said it's under investigation.
Walsh told Western Mass News it's difficult to patrol the mural every moment of the day, so this doesn't happen again.
"It's unfortunate. Officers are extremely busy. They're going to calls across the city. They deal with 100s of calls a day," he added. "With this, the incents may cost some money, but there's no person that's a victim. There's plenty of people that are victims of crimes across the city every day."
Walsh also said they could have extra patrols in the area, but officers respond to calls on an as-needed basis.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Springfield Police at (413) 787-6355, submit the tip online, or 'Text-A-Tip' to CRIMES (274637) and in the message, type SOLVE and your tip.