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Graffiti vandals target cars, buildings in Salt Lake neighborhood

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SALT LAKE CITY — An overnight vandalism spree in a Salt Lake City neighborhood stunned residents who woke up Tuesday morning to find their property covered in spray paint.

In all, about 25 cars, several buildings and some trees were tagged along 1200 East, in the area between 500 South and 800 South.

"It does seem unusual, at this point, to have so many victim vehicles, including buildings and trees in the area," said Salt Lake City police detective Dennis McGowan.

Neighbors say they're angry, frustrated and want to know who should be held responsible for the cleanup.

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"There was basically a big green strip that went from here all the way across," said Bruce Bolick, gesturing toward his car.

Police believe the vandalism happened sometime after 11 p.m. Monday. But this isn't the first time the neighborhood has woken up to vandalism like this.

"We've also had sidewalks tagged, graffittied, many times," said Fredrick Eefurnno, whose car was also tagged.

Who is doing it? Police don't know, but their fines are quickly adding up. It's cheap and easy to get your hands on spray paint, but the damage it causes can add up to hundreds of dollars.

Now neighbors are talking about setting up outdoor lighting and a possible neighborhood watch to help prevent the graffiti problem from spreading.

If you have any information on this incident, you're asked to call the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799- 300. If you've been a victim, there is a graffiti removal hotline you can call: 801-972-7885.



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