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Graffiti crime spikes in Creswell

A graffiti crime spree in Creswell has city leaders and residents frustrated.

Posted: Nov 19, 2019 1:05 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2019 6:16 PM

CRESWELL, Ore. -- A graffiti crime spree in Creswell has city leaders and residents frustrated.

Officials said two parks, the high school dugout, and at least one car have been tagged in recent weeks. Officials with the city's public works department estimate the damage to be more than $3,200.

Some of the graffiti includes messages with obscenities toward people and the police. One spray-painted message said "school shooter," but Sgt. Scott Denham with the Lane County Sheriff's Office said there is no threat to the community, and the case is under investigation. He said he believe the people responsible are juveniles.

The graffiti at the basketball courts at Harry Holt Memorial Park was done with black spray paint and was first noticed by city staff on Monday. City Manager Michelle Amberg said in order to remove the graffiti there, they'll have to damage the court's surface and then repair it. 

"There are a lot of other ways to express yourself. There are a lot of ways that aren't as expensive," Amberg said.  

Amberg said they may now look at adding new laws that would restrict the sale of spay paint and other graffiti materials. 

Bryan Walls said he walks his dog in the park all the time and wants the vandalism to stop. 

"Why would you want to be out trashing your own neighborhood?" Walls said. "You should respect where you live and your neighbors. Don't be out trashing other people's stuff. Don't be out vandalizing."

Sgt. Denham said the people responsible could face felony criminal charges. He urges anyone with information or pictures of the alleged vandals to come forward.

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