Campbell River RCMP says that a local man has been arrested after he went on a “graffiti spree” that has been connected to at least 8 taggings between the morning of October 29 and the morning of October 30 in the downtown area.
Many local businesses were victimized by the actions of the so-called “artist” over his two-night spree, said Cst Maury Tyre.
Graffiti is a problem not just of cost, but a feeling.
Along with the mess that is left behind by graffiti, Tyre suggests that there is also the additional cost for cleanup as well as negative feelings that people have in regards to how things are going in their community.
For many people, seeing graffiti signals thoughts of high crime and a feeling that their community is in disrepair. The problem with that thinking is graffiti can occur anywhere, regardless of levels of crime or the state of the community. Most “artists” are completely oblivious to the harm they are causing to everyone in the community when they engage in tagging. It’s why it has been so important to the local police to attempt to hold these “artists” to account when we can.
The man responsible for the recent graffiti spree was located and arrested the night before Halloween, according to Campbell River RCMP.
The 27-year-old local man was already charged and awaiting trial for graffiti-related crimes that occurred in 2019.
Police say that following the most recent incidences, the man was released on very strict bail conditions in an attempt to prevent future offences from occurring.
Many of these incidents of mischief are still under investigation, say Campbell River RCMP
If you were a victim of the “graffiti spree” and have not talked to police, officers are asking you to contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221.