ST. GEORGE – The St. George Police are currently investigating a string of graffiti incidents reported Monday morning.
Officer Derek Lewis, public information officer for the St. George Police Department, said the police received multiple graffiti calls starting at around 9:30 a.m. Monday from the Dixie Downs area of St. George. Reports added up to over 20 graffiti-related incidents.
“We don’t believe it’s gang-related,” Lewis said, “but we’re not ruling out the possibility.”
The St. George Police’s gang task force is currently investigating string of graffiti tags.
Additional graffiti was reported in another part of town Wednesday morning, Lewis said, but it is not believed to be related to the Dixie Downs incidents.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the police at 435-673-5000. Those wishing to remain anonymous can also call the Anonymous Tips line at 435-688-8477.
Ed. Corrective Note and Update Jan. 10, 2013:
At first publication this report indicated the “drug and gang task force” is investigating; these are two separate task forces within the St. George Police Department and it is the gang task force that is investigating the grafitti tagging incidents. Correction has been made.
The featured image with this story is, as captioned both on its face and beneath it, unrelated to the grafitti and tagging incidents reported in the story. At publication, photos of the actual grafitti involved in the report were not availed to St. George News. The image utilized is actual of a different incident at a different time, included as representation of the blight that grafitti is when placed where it does not belong.
On further request for subject photos, Officer Derek Lewis of St. George Police Department’s Administrative Services Division said:
“When people do grafitti like this, they are looking for notoriety. … this would encourage whoever is doing this to continue the crime.”
Editorial note and update by St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic
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