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November 26, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Vandals damage bank, spray-paint "Occupy" message

"REVENGE FOR OCCUPY OAKLAND" was spray-painted on the bank's wall. (Photo by Brian Rosenthal / The Seattle Times)

Vandals broke nearly all the windows and the ATM screen of a US Bank branch in North Seattle early Saturday morning and spray-painted the words, “REVENGE FOR OCCUPY OAKLAND,” on the bank’s brick wall, Seattle police reported.

The bank was closed while workers replaced shattered glass windows and removed the graffiti from the bank in the 1000 block of Northeast 63rd Street, Seattle Times reporter Brian Rosenthal said from the scene. Police estimated damage in the tens of thousands of dollars. The incident occurred around 2:50 a.m.

The spray-painted message may have been a reference to an Oct. 25 incident in Oakland, Calif., in which police raided the Occupy Oakland encampment with tear gas and bean-bag projectiles and arrested more than 80 people.

The Seattle police department, whose officers canvassed the area for witnesses and additional evidence, asked anyone with information about the incident to contact police.

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