Cary asks for help finding snotty graffiti artists

snagem@newsobserver.comMay 20, 2014 

— Police want to know who’s been painting “booger” and “snot” on buildings and signs around Cary.

The words were painted at about 20 businesses, apartment complexes, road signs and parks between January and April, according to the town.

Much of the graffiti has been found inside the Maynard Road loop, including at the Chatham Forest Apartments complex, R.S. Dunham Park and the Kitchen & Bath Galleries store downtown.

Some has been found in Project PHOENIX communities, where police officers work with apartment complex managers in an effort to deter crime.

“ ‘Snot’ and ‘booger’ – I don’t know,” said Cary police Capt. Don Hamilton. “I’d love to find out the purpose behind the tags.”

Police don’t believe there’s a nose-themed gang running the streets, but the graffiti is an unsightly nuisance, Hamilton said.

None of the graffiti caused permanent damage, according to the town. But Hamilton said it costs the town money to clean it up, and apartment complexes pay to remove the words from their property.

Cary asks anyone who spots graffiti to take a photograph and a file a police report. The town’s public works department then removes the paint from public spaces.

Anyone with information about the graffiti is asked to call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-460-4636. Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes.

Nagem: 919-460-2605; Twitter: @BySarahNagem

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