'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.
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