Andrews Police on the Trail of Graffiti Vandals 1/2/14
CBS 7 News
January 2, 2014
ANDREWS-Andrews Police are hot on the trail of those responsible for graffiti popping up around the city. The vandalism hit both private and public property.
Police did not say whether or not they suspect gangs to be responsible, but some of the markings do appear to be modeled after gang signs.
Graffiti tags mark fences and storage sheds in spots across Andrews, some are on Bellaire Drive in the NW corner and others near the lake. A few of the markings are at least a year old; others are freshly painted in the last two weeks.
"Whoever is doing it, I hope they learn it's not right," said Jaime Molinar, whose fence was marked by graffiti just after Christmas.
City property was also targeted, fresh paint glistens where this lakeside water station’s graffiti was painted over.
Some of the tags appear to resemble gang signs like this example of a Norteno, a prominent gang.
"To me, it's more like kids than gangs, I don't see them, but I don't go out much either,” Molinar said.
Molinar says he is leaving the graffiti up, at least for now, to send a message to keep it from happening again.
"People can see it, keep an eye on kids or whoever is doing it,” Molinar said.
Police Chief Bud Jones says they are on the trail of those responsible. He thinks they are minors. Jones told the Andrews County News he has officers trained to recognize the different tag signs.
"What's your message to those responsible?"
"They better watch out because they're going to get caught," said Darrell Morris, who lives across from the lake where designs were sprayed.
Until those responsible are found, homeowners must decide whether to pay to cover up the designs on their own. If you have any information, please contact Andrews Police Department at 432-523-5675.