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Graffiti vandals tag dozens of northeast Raleigh homes

Posted July 13, 2012
Updated July 14, 2012

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— Dozens of northeast Raleigh homeowners woke up Friday morning to find their neighborhoods hit by graffiti vandals overnight.

Raleigh police detectives are investigating 20 to 30 cases on Sedgefield Pines Lane, Starmount Drive and other streets off Trawick Drive. Everything from fences, signs, mailboxes, posts and houses were tagged. City crews used power washers and wipes to try to remove what they can, concentrating on graffiti that can be seen from the street.

Police said it's unlikely the graffiti is the signature of gangs.

"I would categorize today’s crime as more an act of vandalism than a gang-directed activity," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said. "While there were gang connotations to some of the markings, the wide range of property that had been damaged made it highly uncharacteristic of an organized gang activity."

Some neighbors were unconvinced, however, and looked up the symbols on the Internet.

"Evidently it's a gang word saying this is my property or this is my area or whatever," said a resident who only wanted to give her first name, Jackie.

Resident Tony McClain, whose car and garage door was tagged with the letters BSG, didn't wait for crews to clean off the black markings. He stayed home from work to remove the lettering.

"If it's something gang affiliated, I'm not going to help them by being a rolling billboard," he said. "I just refuse to do it."

Sughrue said gangs are dispersed throughout the city. The department uses both beat patrols and specialized units to gather intelligence to disrupt gang activities, he said.


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  • Boycott_WRAL_Advertisers Jul 13, 2012

    Sometimes when someone does dumb things they find out how dumb they are.

  • Ex-Republican Jul 13, 2012

    Who cares if its gang related? The criminals need to be caught and made to pay for their crimes.

  • slayerhil Jul 13, 2012

    No respect for other people's property at all. That kind of disrespect deserves a curb-stomping a la 'American History X' style.

  • corey3rd Jul 13, 2012

    Odds are high that this is a bunch of middle class drunk high school kids who want to promote their loyalty to Battlestar Galactica - BSG. And blame it on "gangs."

  • muggs Jul 13, 2012

    This is not a fad,it is a way to mark their territories,wish it was as simple as a fad.

  • kj90 Jul 13, 2012

    That hogwash is an eyesore when I'm on the green-ways. I certainly hope this fad is over soon.

  • SpaceRokr Jul 13, 2012

    My index finger began twitching when I heard about this.

  • BeenHereSince67 Jul 13, 2012

    Maybe a return to Corporal Punishment would help with this sort of thing. Too bad it is considered totally non-PC these days ...

  • kmanc4s Jul 13, 2012

    I guess their will be a spike in gun purchases of both long guns and hand guns in these neighborhoods along with concealed weapon permits.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jul 13, 2012

    Dozens of homes tagged and nobody saw nothing?? On another note, I guess its all fun and games for these kids until somebody catches a bullet.