Graffiti on the West Side spurs concerns in community

Westside residents concerned over possible gang graffiti

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - People on the Westside aren't sure the recent graffiti on the walls is gang-related or someone with nothing better to do, but they want it stopped.

Last week someone tagged several buildings and storefronts along Leonard Street NW.

Surveillance camera footage shows a suspect tagging the building, but he has not been identified or arrested yet.

Westside neighborhood leaders say graffiti on some of  the older brick buildings in the area is especially difficult and expensive to remove, because the paint is absorbed into the brick.

Property owners are urged to erase the graffiti as soon as possible. Officials say when it's not erased, graffiti is a sign that the community doesn't care and that invited more serious crime. 

Anyone who may recognize this man or have information about the tagging incidents should contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616-456-4151 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. Silent Observer can be reached confidentially at www.silentobserver.org as well. 

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