Spray paint vandalism continues in Atlantic


April 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Arrests made earlier this year in Atlantic haven’t stemmed the tide of spray-paint vandalism being perpetrated on City property and private businesses. City Councilman Dana Halder reported at Wednesday night’s Council meeting, AMU officials are concerned about recent incidents of graffiti having occurred at the water plant. Halder told Mayor Dave Jones it’s not the only location being hit by spray-paint vandals.

He said there are a lot of buildings around town that have been targeted. Halder and Mayor Dave Jones implored citizens to call City Hall if you find incidents of vandalism, and if you see anyone committing the act, to call police.

In January, Police Chief Steve Green reported three juveniles were arrested in connection with a string of spray-paint vandalism incidents in the downtown area, which occurred over a period of several weeks. More than two-dozen buildings sustained damage. The teens were charged with Trespassing, Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree, and Criminal Gang Participation.

In the Summer of 2010, six people were arrested for vandalism and spray painting incidents at locations which included the downtown City Park, and at downtown businesses. The incidents included a homemade acid bomb which was used at the park shelter and on a monument. At the time, the damage was estimated at $3,000.