Favorite

Dirty Dollar-Sign Vandal Haunts Museum District Home 

click to enlarge This enigmatic symbol appeared on Jeanne Bridgforth’s Museum District porch. - JEANNE BRIDGFORTH
  • Jeanne Bridgforth
  • This enigmatic symbol appeared on Jeanne Bridgforth’s Museum District porch.

Cryptic notes. Painted dollar signs. Dirty socks in a puddle of paint. All of them done right under the noses of security guards.

Strange things have been happening every week at the Museum District home of well-known real-estate agent Jeanne Bridgforth — and she has no idea why. "I'm getting freaked out by this," she says.

It started Feb. 10, when Bridgforth opened her front door to get the mail and saw food wrappers and cigarette butts strewn on the porch. On the door was a note with her initials on the front. "Then, it just said, 'All you need is love,'" Bridgforth says — and "$orry."

A week later, Bridgforth found that someone had spray-painted a bright green heart with a dollar sign on her front porch. She reported the incident to the police, and the city's graffiti cleanup crew came to remove the paint.

It happened again the following week. Bridgforth opened the door to find the letters "X U 2 2" spray painted in blue, with white powder sprinkled over the stone. She thinks it's flour, but police are examining it. Bridgforth also noticed something missing from her yard: a 200-pound, castiron planter, worth about $1,500.

The vandal changed tactics March 1. Bridgforth says she found a pile of gym socks, one painted with a dollar sign, with a "big trail of white, gooey mess going from my porch all the way to my sidewalk." She thinks it's paint.

It's gotten to the point where Bridgforth peeks out an upstairs window before she opens her front door, she says: "It's just absolutely horrifying."

Although Bridgforth's house is directly across the street from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, only one security guard has reported seeing anything suspicious: a couple dragging Bridgforth's trash can down the alley March 1 around 6 a.m., "huddling like they were carrying something."

Richmond police are investigating, spokesman James Mercante says, and authorities have a suspect in mind whom they believe is connected with other vandalism incidents. In the first two months of the year there have been 24 reported cases of property destruction or vandalism in the Museum District.

Favorite

Latest in News and Features

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

Connect with Style Weekly

Most Popular Stories

  • Cars, Horses and Children

    Cars, Horses and Children

    A Valentine exhibition uses the work of amateur photographer Edith Shelton to shine a light on Richmond neighborhoods of the ’50s through the ’70s.
    • Jan 19, 2021
  • Cajun Adventures

    Cajun Adventures

    Former Richmonder Ann Savoy publishes her second major work about Cajun, Creole and zydeco music.
    • Jan 12, 2021
  • Rehabbing Big Brown

    Rehabbing Big Brown

    Our architecture critic looks at why to rehab the existing Richmond Coliseum and make it a centerpiece for redevelopment.
    • Jan 12, 2021
  • From Stage to Screen

    From Stage to Screen

    Cadence Theatre Company’s Sitelines BLM Project commissions film scripts from five local minority voices.
    • Jan 5, 2021
  • More »

Copyright © 2021 Style Weekly
Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
All rights reserved
Powered by Foundation