Gainesville Police Arrest 3 Juveniles in Graffiti Rampage
Gainesville police have arrested three people accused of a racial and sexual graffiti rampage in northwest Gainesville Thursday morning.
The names of the suspects can't be released because they are juveniles, but police say they are very familiar with the neighborhoods they are accused of terrorizing with spray paint.
Residents of the Blue Creek and Westchester neighborhoods woke up Thursday morning to a barrage of spray-painted graffiti, much of it racial and sexual in nature.
The images included body parts, a swastika, and an African-American slur.
Homes, cars, and street signs were painted.
Police say the vandals even tried to break into a home.
Residents say the vandalism cost them several thousands dollars in damage and peace of mind.
Several say the neighborhoods have seen a spike in vandalism in the past two weeks, including a port-a-potty pushed over in the street and a television set thrown in the middle of the road.
GPD says despite the racial slurs, this is not considered a hate crime, and none of the victims are believed to have been specifically targeted.
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