Note: I began writing this post at 8:something and then got busy doing other things and/or weeping gently in a broom closet somewhere. Some of you might regard this as slightly-stale news by now but as I'm confident that half of slog commenters awake at noon or after, I thought I'd post anyway.
As Grant noted in the morning news, vandals smashed windows at three banks on Capitol Hill last night—a WaMu, Key Bank, and US Bank—continuing Seattle's months-long trend of hatin' on banks.
Police are pretty positive that last night's incidents were all related—the banks are all within waltzing distance of each other, the calls came in simultaneously, and the suspects have all been described as a mask-and-hoodie-wearing crowd.
These incidents build on a trend that goes back to last November, when two banks were vandalized, including a US Bank branch sprayed with "Occupy Oakland" tags. In January, two more banks banks were hit—a Wells Fargo "Occupy Oakland" tags and broken windows and a Chase Bank ATM found armed with explosives.
Two obvious questions jump out: Are the (now) seven cases of bank vandalism reported since November related? And are they the work of Seattle's gasping Occupy movement?
The short answer is, police aren't sure, as they currently have no suspects to question. Last night's vandalism included graffiti on some walls, according to SPD Detective Mark Jamieson, including "typical anarchist symbols and things like that" but "I don't believe there was anything that said, 'Brought to you by Occupy Seattle.'"