White supremacy groups seeking recruits and instilling fear were busy again this weekend in Fauquier and Prince William counties and the Town of Warrenton.
Law enforcement agencies said they received multiple reports of white supremacy messages left in residential neighborhoods.
Prince William County policeinvestigated instances of pamphlets containing hate propaganda found at the ends of multiple driveways in the Gainesville and Bristow areas.
“A caller reported to police that they had located a bag that contained birdseed and pamphlets that appeared to be recruiting material for the Ku Klux Klan,” Prince William County police spokesman Officer Nathan J. Probus reported in a press release.
The distribution appeared random rather than targeting any specific recipients.
Probus said the bags were seemingly left on driveways sometime during the overnight hours of Saturday into Sunday in the Gainesville area along several residential streets off Lee Highway (U.S. 29) between Carver Road and Old Carolina Road.
Similar bags were also located in the Bristow Village neighborhood in the Bristow area.
The bags were weighed down with birdseed and possibly thrown from a vehicle, Probus said.
No property was damaged.
A similar incident occurred in April 28 in the 4500 block of Forestburg Lane in Triangle.
Both incidents remain under investigation.
More than 60 reported in Warrenton
In Warrenton, more than 60 flyers were left in eight or more locations on the north and west sides of Warrenton over the weekend, Warrenton Interim Police Chief Daniel Boring said.
The flyers were left in individual bags and tossed in residential areas. A similar distribution occurred last November.
Residents on Norfolk Drive, Foxcroft Road, Evans Road and Fauquier Road were among those reporting the fliers, Boring said.
“At this point we’re looking into it. We’re also sharing with other agencies,” the interim chief said. “Beyond that I don’t want to say anything.”
Sgt. James Hartman of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office said that many racist flyers were collected over the weekend but said the office has decided not to publicize the incidents.
The “FCSO is not issuing a release as it only serves to give this group exposure, which is exactly what they want,” Hartman said.
He said flyers were reported on Free State Road in Marshall and Hazelwood Court, Mosby Drive and Meetze Road in Warrenton.
Hartman said the flyers were likely distributed by the same group that left them on area driveways last November.
Hartman said the Fauquier sheriff’s office is sharing information with other police agencies.
“They are all over the region and in the Shenandoah Valley,” Hartman said of the flyers.
“To be frank, there is no violation here other than littering,” Hartman said. “But it is disturbing.”
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