Graffiti vandals strike GJ homes, businesses

Residents north of Orchard Avenue awoke Saturday morning horrified to see their homes, cars and businesses vandalized with graffiti.

Vandals used blue spray paint to tag residents’ doors, the sides of homes and some vehicles with the number 666, the word Satan or a reference to a gang. Other vandalism included disparaging messages about police. The damage appeared to be caused on Pinyon Avenue between 12th Street and 13th Street and along 13th a few blocks to the north.

“I don’t know what it means, but it’s not good,” 94-year-old resident Joe Martinez said when he surveyed the side of his home. Vandals had marked the side of his white home with three large number 6s.

Some people believe the three numbers are a symbol for the devil.

Grand Junction Police Department Sgt. Lonnie Chavez said it’s usually difficult to catch those who do graffiti. However, he said officers will be extra diligent in attempting to catch the vandal or vandals responsible for this act because it is so aggravated.

“Something like this, we will get tips,” he said.

Chavez said it is bizarre that the taggers left a gang reference, Crips, because gang members who do graffiti generally don’t leave their gang affiliations behind.

“I am kind of shocked they picked a neighborhood,” Chavez said about the damage.


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