Graffiti has all forms, some of which is labeled art, but residents of the small Nebraska town of Valentine likely aren’t in love with the displays left by a man who has been tagged the “Butt Bandit”. In fact, it has to be one of the weirdest cases in the little town’s history, perhaps that of the whole state.
Police in the town had been on the lookout for the “Butt Bandit”, a man who had been visiting businesses during the nighttime hours during the spring and summer months and pressing his naked rear end and/or groin against storefront windows, churches and even schools after greasing up with petroleum jelly or lotion, leaving graphic images.
A 35-year-old suspect was allegedly caught in the act about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday but so far, no charges had been filed against him.
Police said the strange acts of vandalism began during the spring of 2007 and that the suspect appears to be the same man who was caught on a surveillance camera engaged in the same type of behavior last year at a school building. Police said that he had suspended his “displays” during last fall and winter but had resumed again this spring. 11-22-08