'Dollar Bill Crooks' graffiti menaces
Police are asking for public assistance in identifying a graffiti suspect who appears to be part of a group believed responsible for an extensive amount of vandalism over the last several months.
The past year has seen a figurative explosion of graffiti vandalism throughout Kelowna with one of the most prolific and pernicious crews going by the name "Dollar Bill Crooks".
Their crew tag, "DBC" as well as individual tags "VISH", "VISHIS", "PUKE", "WISP" and "EZ" have been confirmed and identified in well over 600 locations but the actual number of tags is likely two or three times that amount.
On Dec 16, a youth was observed tagging several locations around the area of Highway 97 and Baron Road. His tags indicate that he is part of the "Dollar Bill Crooks" crew and a photo was obtained of him and his tags. Police are seeking public assistance in identifying him.
Graffiti vandalism is not a victimless crime - it decreases property value by decreasing aesthetic appeal, diverts tax dollars from community programs and services, and can affect a community's sense of safety and security.
This one group alone has already cost an estimated $10,000 for removal of their tags.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP, Cst HARTL, at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
Comments on this story are pre-moderated. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more Kelowna News
- Killer spongesBC - 6:45 am
- Sunken ferry capt. arrestedWorld
- Hearing set for BobbittPenticton / S. Okanagan
- Breach by sex offenderBC
Kelowna Discussion Forum
Kelowna's Cultural District
Kelowna Road Closures
William R. Bennett Bridge
Tourism Kelowna Central Okanagan
District of Peachland
District of Lake Country
School District 23
Okanagan Regional Library