Harford County police are investigating graffiti spray-painted on a Joppa golf course over the past few weeks that may relate to some sort of white supremacist activities.
Mountain Branch Golf Course Superintendent Logan Freeman and General Manager Keith Davis told Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies on Feb. 18 that items have been spray-painted on the course in the past couple of weeks, according to a police report from the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
On that particular day, the men found spray-painted signs and words that are possibly gang-related. These include a red swastika on the fourth green, as well as an expletive, the words "white power" and "MRC," according to the report.
A golf cart found on the path had the word "MIKE" spray-painted on it and there was also a Pacman with a sexual image pointing at it. The damage is estimated at less than $500, according to the police report.
Freeman told deputies they had several items spray-painted on the course the previous week, including a star and "anti-Blood" comments, according to the report.
Graffiti appeared had on the course about a week before this incident, but not to this extent, General Manager Keith Davis said in a phone interview Wednesday. The graffiti appeared on the putting green and the cart path, he added, and they were able to get rid of most of it, although some portions are still visible.
They believe it is possibly done by high school students entering from Singer Road, along the course's southern boundary, who were brought out by the unusually warm weather in Harford County lately, Davis said.
In response, the course greenskeeping crew is checking on the grounds more often than they would have before, Davis said.
The matter remains under investigation.