Graffiti Artists Vandalize Downtown Covington

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VANDALSThere’s been another wave of vandalism on the North Shore.

Several Covington businesses were tagged Wednesday night with graffiti.

Now police are taking steps to keep it from happening again.

It’s been going on for months.

“I don’t even know what that says,” business owner Ruben Shealy said.

Wednesday night was perhaps the worst graffiti attack on Covington and its downtown corridor.

Three separate businesses, including a bank, were defaced in the 2-hundred block of Columbia Street.

Ruben Shealy’s place was one of them.

“It is quite nicely done if you like that sort of thing,” Shealy said.

But he doesn’t like it on his business.

Now he’ll have to bear the expense to paint over the bold black spray-painted tag.

“I think it’s just kids not realizing what they’re doing,” store employee Cara Barthollmew said.

Cara Barthollmew works across the street.

“I don’t think the people that do it realize the cost that it’s going to take the business owner to fix it,” Barthollmew said.

Covington Police believe it’s the work of rival artists, who place hidden messages within their tags taunting other artists.

Sadly the rebuttal winds up on other people’s property.

“It’s a real problem because it creates a lot of expense for not only government buildings but also privately owned buildings,” Covington Police Chief Richard Palmisano said.

Investigators believe the same groups of graffiti artists are responsible for similar acts of vandalism in parts of Mandeville and Slidell.

“Extremely frustrating you know it’s one of those types of crimes that are very difficult to apprehend the perpetrator on that crime,” Palmisano said. WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, Why? Well it’s a hit or miss type situation.” “Late at night it’s dark,” Palmisano replied.

“If they can get to the bottom of it and I know they will, we’ll all be a lot happier,” Shealy said.

Authorities have increased patrols in Covington, Mandeville, and Slidell all in an effort to end the waves of vandalism.

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