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12/26/02

Christmas Day Vandals

Crime didn't taking a break for Christmas. Downtown Savannah's all decked out for the holidays, and somebody decided to redecorate. Early Christmas morning, vandals left their mark on scores of locations around Savannah, and they were definitely not spreading Christmas cheer.

Words like "Storm," "Pretty Girls," and "Snap" were painted across the city's downtown. Karri Cormican lives there. She's seen graffiti before, but it still came as a shock.

"It's frightening that it's right outside my house and I don't know who's doing it," she said. "It's scary."

The graffiti spans all the way from Bay Street to Forsyth Park. Vandals are tagging everything from sidewalks to alleys, building walls, dumpsters, even monuments. At least a dozen areas of the city were hit, including Madison Square, a store wall on Liberty Street, a home on Barnard Street, walls on Whitaker and off of Bull Street.

Police do not believe it's the work of gang members. And their timing couldn't be worse for Savannah. The holiday season is one of the busiest times for tourism. Marks like those in Chippewa Square are not painting a pretty picture for visitors.

"On some of the buildings I saw some graffiti. It was pretty sad to see," said Adrienne Slane of Cleveland.

"We were just walking around and we saw some graffiti. Maybe it's a gang or something," said Adam Berlin of Atlanta.

"Some of them have pictures of girls with their hair flipped out and I don't know what it is," added Eva Berlin. "It's all around, though. We walked all the way to Forsyth Park, and it's everywhere."

If you have any information about what happened, call Savannah police at 232-4141 or CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

And if you're caught vandalizing property like this, it's a misdemeanor. You could also be fined $200 for every tagging or graffiti spray you make.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

 

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