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Deputies: Teens arrested after spray-painted swastikas, explosive device found amid multi-state vandalism spree

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MADISON COUNTY, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Madison County Sheriff's Office said a 19-year-old and three minors are in custody after a string of property damage across multiple states.

Deputies said they received multiple reports from the Laurel and Mars Hill communities regarding damage to mailboxes, vehicle tires being cut, windows busted out and vehicles being spray-painted.

Investigators said they located an explosive device used to blow up a mailbox as well. They shared photos of swastikas spray-painted in yellow on several vehicles and a church van vandalized with upside down crosses.

Similar incidents were reported in Washington County and Unicoi County, Tennessee.

Deputies said 19-year-old Thomas Blaylock was arrested in connection with the case, in addition to three unidentified minors. They are each facing 34 counts of damage to property and one count of malicious use of an explosive or incendiary device.

Out of Unicoi County, the suspects are charged with civil rights intimidation for vandalizing a church, vandalism over $4,000, aggravated burglary, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and more than 25 counts of vandalism to mailboxes.

The suspects confessed to damaging vehicles in Yancey County as well, deputies said.

“These individuals have no respect and regard for anyone’s personal property not even a place of worship, this will not be tolerated," said Madison County Sheriff Harwood.

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