Graf­fiti van­dal strikes Kutz­town

Po­lice chief says graf­fiti is not art, it’s van­dal­ism

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell [email protected]­tu­ry­ @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

Kutz­town Bor­ough Po­lice seek the com­mu­nity’s as­sis­tance in iden­ti­fy­ing a per­son who has been spray­ing his “art” all over Kutz­town on ve­hi­cles, houses, garages and dump­sters.

“We first started get­ting calls on the 16th of Jan­uary but be­lieve it was done a day or two ear­lier. We have pic­tures of the sus­pect on our Twit­ter and Tace­book page,” said Kutz­town Po­lice Chief Craig Sum­mers. “Pic­tures are not great and con­trary to what peo­ple see on fic­tional TV, we can­not en­hance them and as of now they are the best pic­tures we have.”

Graf­fiti has been found at

sev­eral lo­ca­tions on Wentz Street, Green­wich Street, Roller Av­enue and Main Street on garages, trash cans, sides of box trucks and a load­ing dock. Sum­mers be­lieves that there may be more graf­fiti than has been found or re­ported.

“A lot of this stuff is done on pri­vate prop­erty and I’m sure if you ask one of the vic­tim’s if they think it is ‘art’ or van­dal­ism they will tell you it’s van­dal­ism,” said Sum­mers. “Graf­fiti van­dal­ism such as this if not cleaned up leads to more graf­fiti and ul­ti­mately low­ers home val­ues in the area.”

Sum­mers said that gen­er­ally these of­fenses oc­cur at night.

“If the peo­ple no­tice some­thing sus­pi­cious they should call the po­lice, more­over, if they have sur­veil­lance cam­eras and be­lieve they may have cap­tured an im­age of the in­di­vid­ual please call us.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the Kutz­town Po­lice at 610-6833545.

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