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  • Vandalism In St. George Under Investigation; Police Seek Assistance From Citizens
    by Carin Miller
    Published - 07/24/14 - 04:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Police are looking for information about a late Monday night, early Tuesday morning, act of vandalism that stretched from one side of St. George to another. Picture taken from St. George Police Department Facebook.
    Police are looking for information about a late Monday night, early Tuesday morning, act of vandalism that stretched from one side of St. George to another. Picture taken from St. George Police Department Facebook.
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    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) – St. George Police Department is seeking help identifying possible suspects who defaced approximately 10 separate locations with red spray paint throughout the city late Monday night, or early Tuesday morning.

    According to a press release, the areas with the most damage were in the Fort Pierce Dr. area, where an LDS church was painted, as well as the 500 W. 300 North and 1100 W. 500 North parts of town.

    St. George Police Sargent Sam Despain said there was no rhyme, or reason to the vandalism, and that there is no reason to believe the marks left behind were acts of “tagging” related to any kind of gang activity.

    “It looks just like somebody got their hands on a can of spray paint and kind of went hog wild,” he said.

    Despain said that since the vandalism covered such and extensive range, the police are confident that whoever was involved had access to some type of transportation.

    The press release reported that the current estimated cost of damages was around $2,000.

    Despain said the estimate was so low, because some of the painting was done on windows, which can be scraped clean.

    As of right now, he said the police have no leads on who may have done the vandalism, but they have collected spray paint caps and other items from the scenes to run fingerprints and save for future prosecution. He said fingerprint results take longer than people think and as of Wednesday there were no conclusive results that would help them to lead to a definitive answer.

    Despain said there was a report of a Chevrolet Cavalier in the area during the one of acts of vandalism. He said there were three males in the vehicle, but no descriptions were available to identify the men.

    At this time, he said there is nothing to insinuate that these men had anything to do with the crime, only that at the very least been they may have witnesses to the events that occurred, or have useful information.

    The St. George Police Department is asking the public to contact them at (435)627-4300 with any information they feel might help, Despain said. He said anything that anyone could think of could be potentially helpful, even if they believe it is too small of a detail to matter.

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