Spray paint vandals hit south Tracy
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jan 02, 2014 | 7593 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paint covers the side of a van on Baigorry Street on Wednesday, Jan. 1. The van was one of several vehicles that were vandalized with paint.  Photo courtesy Michelle Sansoni
Paint covers the side of a van on Baigorry Street on Wednesday, Jan. 1. The van was one of several vehicles that were vandalized with paint. Photo courtesy Michelle Sansoni
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A truck was one of several vehicles vandalized with paint on Baigorry Street on Wednesday, Jan. 1.  Photo courtesy Cameron Lewis
A truck was one of several vehicles vandalized with paint on Baigorry Street on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Photo courtesy Cameron Lewis
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Vandals have struck vehicles and homes with spray paint during the past 10 days, and police are asking the public for information to identify those responsible, according to Sgt. Ryan Knight of Tracy Police Department.

“We’ve been getting a ton of them (police reports), probably from the same folks with a similar MO,” Knight said Thursday, Jan. 2, after several incidents were reported in the area of Elissagaray Drive that morning.

“Over the past 10 days, we estimate 30-plus vandalisms,” he said, “occurring in the evenings.”

The incidents appeared to be random, but he said most were reported on the south side of the city.

In some cases, according to Knight, it seems someone walking or driving past a vehicle sprayed a line of black or blue paint along the side. A few other involved obscenities or designs.

Some of the paint can simply be washed off, while some vehicles will require repainting in the damaged area, he said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Tracy Crime Stoppers at 831-4847 or submit a tip on www.tracycrimestoppers.com.

“At this point, we don’t have any suspects,” Knight said, adding that he believed one or two groups are responsible.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 
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