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Chapel Hill Police Want Help Catching Vandals

Posted April 9, 2007

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— Chapel Hill police are asking for the community's help to find the person or persons responsible for a rash of vandalism.

Investigators believe a gang may be behind the graffiti. They say suspected gang members are leaving their mark with spray paint. Police are offering up to a $1,200 cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

Ken Taylor is in the business of relaxation, selling thermal massage beds. But recently, something has him on edge.

"It kicks up emotion in a heartbeat," said Taylor, owner of a retail shop in the Galleria Shopping Center.

He's talking about gang graffiti that showed up near the dumpster outside the shopping center in Chapel Hill. Police say the group Latin Boys United left their mark on at least 20 different places from road signs to businesses in the past month.

"Right now it's costing us the town and the private property owners quite a bit of money to try and remove this graffiti," said Lt. Leo Vereen, with the Chapel Hill Police Department.

Besides the cost of cleaning up the vandalism, investigators are concerned the problem may get more serious if the group becomes more organized.

"We're trying to stay on top of what we're facing right now," Vereen said.

Some Chapel Hill residents worry it might be too late.

"The time to do it is before the gangs get established. Once they get established I'm sure there is a dynamic that just feeds on itself," said Mark Hainline.

Taylor just hopes the situation gets cleaned up soon.

"Somebody is marking their turf. What I think about is, it can escalate," he said.

The last three places hit this past weekend were: The Galleria Shopping Center at 400 S. Elliott Road, Genisis Hair Salon at 406 West Rosemary St. and two street signs at the 700 block of Kings Mill Road.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515.

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  • Spittin Knowledge Apr 10, 2007

    lol man some of you take this stuff seriously..

    Kick back and relax its jus WRAL comment page..

  • Dayum Krazy Apr 10, 2007

    how about you BDB learing how to read you MORON!!!!! I said ILLEGALS...DUHHHHH... what... where your from they don't have HOOKED ON PHONICS???? If they are here rightfully I DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM...PAY ATTENTION AND LEARN TO READ BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO MAKE A FOOL OUT OF YOUR SELF!!!!!!!!! ILLEGAL PEOPLE ARE RUINING THIS COUNTRY...AGAIN 911 AND AGAIN LOOK AT SOCIETY RIGHT NOW.

    THANKS ELDOGGO

  • El Doggo Apr 10, 2007

    Dayum Krazy hit it on the head!!!! They are EXACTLY RIGHT!!!!!

  • jgriffith3792 Apr 10, 2007

    What a cheesy gang name. Is that the best they can do? Sounds more like a labor union or a choir than a gang. Bunch of little punks trying to be, and thinking, they are real men. Bust 'em and make them clean up this crap.

  • MiIky Apr 10, 2007

    The Chapel Hill news published a nice story on gangs in Chapel Hill that starts off blaming Aryan Nations for the rise in gangs. Later in the story it talks about black and hispanic gangs, but only in an FYI tone. Pretty much everyone else in America knows who is tagging their communities but, it Chapel Hill, it MUST be angry (straight) white guys.

    Here is the url: http://www.chapelhillnews.com/100/story/6328.html

  • jmr Apr 10, 2007

    I totally agree with what B.D.B said.

    For some reason people like to put "Mexicans" all in one group and say they are all the same. I don't see them saying that when someone of another race does wrong.

  • Dayum Krazy Apr 10, 2007

    Painexpress...you want the borders open so we can let in more problems as if we don't have enough right now with all the illegals...how about THE CASH THEY SEND OUT OF THE COUNTRY, TAXES THEY DO NOT PAY, and the MEDICAL BILLS PILING UP they make the GOV'T pick up the tab on...OH YEAH AND THE FACT THAT OTHERS WHO ARE ASSOCIATED WITH TERRORISM I.E. 911 INCASE YOU WERE FROZEN THAT YEAR AND DIDN'T CATCH THAT UNBELIEVABLE DISASTER AS IF IT STILL DOESN'T LINGER TO THIS DAY HOW WE HAVE PAID THE PRICE THEN AND NOW!!!! DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED TODAY...GRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  • painexpress Apr 10, 2007

    Why can't we all just get along? Let's open all of our borders, these people just need alot of LOVE.Hillary should be able to handle this problem in 2008.

  • The Chosen One Apr 10, 2007

    You could tell the sign was made by a lil kid. the "B" wasnt even done right. he's a newbie ... C.H police shouldnt have trouble finding out who it is.
    But my thing is.. do you actually think that by deporting all mexicans crimes will go down? Will that make White folks stop eating the bodies of those who they killed? or black folks not get shot from a drug deal gone wrong?
    Its ok to make comments but at least make sure they make sense.

  • wrx44 Apr 10, 2007

    Isn't illegal immigration great!....get ready for more gangs...cause they're coming...

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