Police make arrests in Burlington mural vandalism

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Police have made a pair of arrests in the Burlington Church Street mural vandalism case, They say a combination of surveillance video and social media helped lead them to the suspects.

Eric Maier and Margaux Higgins

The wall mural has been vandalized twice and repairs still need to be made.

But police say the man who did it and his accomplice have been caught. Investigators arrested Eric Maier, 32, of Burlington, for the vandalism and Margaux Higgins, 21, of Burlington, as his partner in crime.

Maier is accused of spray-painting the wall Oct. 19 and the damage was repaired. But police say Maier returned Oct. 31 and caused up to $10,000 in damages.

Police say a citizen tipped them off about Maier after he posted photos of the vandalism on his Facebook.

Maier and Higgins are due in court later this month.

The mural, known as "Everyone Loves a Parade," has been criticized for not including enough diversity. But recently the city voted to keep it up until 2022.

Burlington's mayor told WCAX News the city plans to bump up security to prevent the mural from being defaced again.


Surveillance photos