Vandals Go On Spree In Austin

Posted at: 06/12/2014 6:54 PM
Updated at: 06/13/2014 1:41 AM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- Vandals caused significant damage early Thursday morning, spray painting dozens of cars and homes in a small section of northwest Austin.

From cars to garages to street signs, the graffiti is all over.

On Thursday afternoon, police said they had taken more than 20 reports of damaged property, and residents were understandably upset.

"I'm not happy,” said Dave Flugum, whose van was spray painted. “I think it's ridiculous to tag vehicles and well, anything. It's childish."

Police said it was likely done by a group of teens, and while vandals painted many known gang symbols, police said it's not necessarily the work of any particular gang.

"[It’s] unknown if someone put that on there to point the finger at another group of individuals,” said Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger. “It's hard to say at this point."

Chief Krueger said they are still looking for suspects and will check local stores to try to build possible leads.

"If some teens went in and purchased a bunch of paint cans, things like that, spray paint, obviously [that’s] another avenue that we are going to be looking into,” Chief Krueger said.

Experts at local body shops said the paint can be scrubbed off with a special solution. But they said it's best to work fast because if it's left in the sun, the paint can bake on and will be harder to get off.

If you have any information about the vandalism, you are asked to contact the Austin Police Department.