Taggers vandalize local businesses

Posted at: 11/18/2012 9:14 PM
Updated at: 11/18/2012 10:19 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Over 30 homes and businesses were smeared with graffiti early Sunday morning, something Albuquerque Police Department called uncommon.

They said it's normal for gang members or "taggers" to spray specific locations, but what happened Sunday morning was excessive.

Bea Doyle works at the Bhava Yoga Studio on Central. She said it wrecked her weekend.

"It's time and effort on a beautiful Sunday afternoon that I'm scrubbing my windows, so I'm not happy about it, but I just try to take care of it," she said.

She has scrubbed over countless vandalisms in the past, and now she has created a great mixture of water and vinegar to scrub down the attack.

"Unfortunately, in seven years, I've just gotten used to this happening. It just happens. It's ongoing," she said.

The city's Graffiti Removal Program only paints over public property, leaving Doyle and the homeowners involved to fend for themselves.

The police department said they cannot confirm a rash outbreak of vandalism over the last few years in East Downtown, but confirmed that the vandalism from Sunday morning was gang-related.

Larry Olguin has lived in East Downtown since 1978. He said his home has been a canvass for vandals over the years.

"I wish the people would find a place that would be acceptable for them to be able to tag, and not people who own their own private property," Olguin said.

The department said widespread tagging normally leads to adequate evidence and suspects.

The department's Gang Unit will take pictures of the graffiti to match with similar tags from gangs in the city to find leads.

Police encourage anyone with vandalism to report it to police so they can move forward with an investigation.