Man accused of vandalizing Big Blue Bug turns self in

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man accused of spraying graffiti on Rhode Island’s famous Big Blue Bug has turned himself in to police.

Twenty-five-year-old Nathan Beaumier is awaiting arraignment on a charge of defacing commercial property. It couldn’t immediately be determined if he’s been assigned a public defender.

On June 5, workers at Big Blue Bug Solutions in Providence discovered that their giant termite replica overlooking Interstate 95 had been vandalized. It got a fresh coat of paint last week.

The 58-foot bug known as Nibbles Woodaway has been a landmark for drivers for nearly 40 years. It doubles as a quirky symbol of the state, showing up occasionally in movies and TV shows.

Police say the vandalism investigation is ongoing and more people may have been involved.

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