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Reward set for info on vandalism spree
Riverton police chief Mike Broadhead said vandals often don't make the connection between their actions and the impact on "real people's property." File photo

Reward set for info on vandalism spree

Mar 27, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

The Riverton Police Department is offering a $250 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any individual responsible for committing acts of vandalism involving spray paint.

The RPD recently received a number of reports of property damage caused by spray paint, magic markers, bricks thrown in the road, and the removal of street signs.

Capt. C.T. Smith said 14 reports of vandalism were filed from Thursday to Sunday, with some involving graffiti. The crimes occurred in the 1500 block of Energy Street, on Webbwood Road east and west of Federal Boulevard, 300 block of East Fremont Avenue, 1200 block of North Federal Boulevard, 300 block of East Main Street, 500 block of North Sixth Street East, 900 block of Hewitt Avenue, 800 block of Miniweb Avenue, 600 block of East Pershing Avenue and the 300 block of North Broadway Avenue.

"The types of vandalism occurring range from tires being slashed, magic markers on the side of business buildings, and spray paint on vehicles," Smith said. "It is a bunch of bored youth running around, but unfortunately it is causing people money to fix these acts of boredom."

The crimes primarily happened during the evening hours and over the weekend and involved red or blue spray paint, which may have left remnants on the hands of the suspects.

The RPD has had 90 reports of vandalism in Riverton since the beginning of the year.

Police chief Mike Broadhead said he thinks vandals don't always realize they are damaging real people's property.

"It isn't just some car, it is a person's car, it isn't just some business, it is someone's business, and that person has to clean it up and pay for the damage," Broadhead said.

Anyone with information about the recent crimes is asked to contact police chief Mike Broadhead or Capt. C.T. Smith at 856-4891

Anonymous tips may be left at 857-7755 though anonymity would prevent distribution of the reward.

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