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With Donated Help, Sheriff Creel Ups Reward To $5,000 To Aid In KKK Graffiti Probe

Jennie Gutierrez

Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel has increased the reward to help get answers into a possible hate crime in Crawfordville.

On Monday, Creel announced his department is offering a $1,000 reward for any information the public can provide to make an arrest in the “KKK” graffiti that was sprayed at two predominately black churches and a box truck outside a country club over the weekend.

Now, he says thanks to the donations of two doctors in the community—David Bellamy and Hank Hutchinson—he can now up the reward to $5,000.

Some are drawing a link between this incident and the recent suspension of Wakulla deputies for posting what Creel calls “insensitive” comments on Facebook about protestors in Ferguson, Missouri. But, Creel says he thinks it’s just a couple of teenagers playing a prank.

Because this qualifies as a hate crime and comes with a felony charge, the FBI has been called into help investigate along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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