The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for suspects after Frederick’s only Chick-fil-A restaurant was vandalized during this past weekend.
Capt. Tim Clarke said sheriff’s deputies responded at 2:40 p.m. Sunday to the restaurant, 5501 Urbana Pike, after receiving several calls about the vandalism from drivers in the area. The store is closed on Sundays.
Stickers and homemade posters advocating marriage equality were glued to the windows, doors and drive-through signs at the eatery.
The restaurant chain has come under fire recently for statements made by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy that the company supported the traditional definition of marriage.
Hundreds of people opposed to gay marriage turned out at the Frederick store to support the chain on Aug. 1 in response to calls for a company boycott from gay marriage supporters.
Clarke said there was some video surveillance collected by the police, but did not say how many people were involved in the vandalism.
He said there was no damage to the building, but that the store would have to pay to remove the stickers.
“There was no physical damage to the facility,” he said. “The vandalism would be the cost of removing the items and the glue used and the labor.”
Employees at the Frederick Chick-fil-A declined to comment on the vandalism. A request to the chain’s national press office for comment was not immediately returned.
Josh Levin, the campaign manager for Marylanders for Marriage Equality, issued a statement on the sticker vandalism.
“We abhor any vandalism or disrespect in this campaign,” Levin said in the email. “We remain focused on supporting all Maryland families and sending the message that committed gay and lesbian couples should be treated fairly under the law. We encourage our supporters to have conversations with people they know who may be undecided on the issue. That’s how we win.”