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Raleigh police try to nab fire extinguisher vandals

Posted May 14, 2010 11:07 a.m. EDT

— Vandals have yanked fire extinguishers from parking decks in downtown Raleigh and emptied them in the garages at least four times in the past two months, police said Thursday.

On March 4, 10 extinguishers were removed from walls and emptied at the parking deck at 502 S Wilmington St. Other damage included signs torn from walls and spray-painted graffiti.

On May 2, six extinguishers were removed and emptied at the parking deck at 120 S Wilmington St. The following day, another extinguisher was removed and emptied in the same garage, and a street sweeper owned by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance was vandalized.

On May 7, an extinguisher was removed and discharged onto three vehicles at the parking deck at 216 W. Cabarrus St.

Police obtained images of four men from a security camera in the Cabarrus Street parking deck in the most recent case, and they asked for the public's help in identifying them. Although similarities exist between the cases, police said they can't determine if the suspects are linked to all four incidents.

Anyone who believes they might know the identity of any of the men is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.