Graffiti gets bad reviews from police

Tagging could bring felony charges

By DENNIS WILKEN

TGI Staff Writer

LIHU’E—Lt. Alvin Seto of the

Kaua`i Police Department’s youth services investigative bureau wants the

public’s help.

“We have a graffiti problem,” Seto said.

He said he

isn’t sounding any urban-invasion alarms, though.

“This is not a gang

issue. They (graffiti culprits) are not trying to identify their turf. These

are taggers,” he said.

Seto said this summer’s graffiti problem surfaced

between Aug. 1 and Aug. 15, when the alleged artists began “tagging” walls,

bridges and roads in the Lihu`e, Poi`pu, Koloa and Hanamaulu areas.

Seto

said the same youth or group of youths is suspected.

“It’s the same

design,” Seto said.

And here’s what the taggers may have coming to them,

he said: “I’m hoping that someone who knows who is tagging will call

Crimestoppers. If it’s all the same person, there’s enough for a criminal

property damage felony.”

Any information on the person or persons spraying

graffiti can be reported to Crimestoppers at 241-6787.

Seto said the

graffiti problem on the island is cyclical.

“It comes and goes, and a lot

of times it has stopped without an arrest,” he said.

Wally Rezentes Sr.,

administrative assistant to Mayor Maryanne Kusaka, said cleaning up the

graffiti is the responsibility of the recreation division of the county’s

Public Works Department.

Staff writer Dennis Wilken can be reached at

245-3681 (ext. 227) and dwilken@pulitzer.net

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