Graffiti rash targeting East Side neighborhoods

Police are asking those living on Madison's East Side to be aware after a rash of graffiti in the area.

Early Wednesday morning on N. Thompson Drive, cars and homes were dumped and sprayed with paint. The vandals' streak hasn't ended. Police now have 20 cases of vandalism on their hands -- after the same person or persons painted siding and cars on Galileo Drive on Madison's east side.

Authorities believe they're related because of similar messages and writing.

"It started with cars and a house on the corner and it came all the way down the street here on both sides of the streets and just continued to go down to the corner there," said John Vardallas.

Vardallas woke up to police in his neighborhood. He lives in the neighborhood, right off Galileo Drive, and was explaining the path the suspected track these graffiti vandals took. His home wasn't vandalized, but he's angry for the homeowners affected.

As homeowners awoke to derogatory messages on their homes and cars for the second morning, police collected evidence and tracked foot trails to catch these unknown suspects.

"Looking at the kind of graffiti, that was put on the walls and sides of cars. I was totally appalled at the derogatory commentary as well as the way it was done on homes and cars" said Vardallas.

"In past cases, vandals likely strike again as they have the last two nights," said Joel DeSpain of the Madison Police Department.

Right now, there are no reported witnesses from the last two incidents. If anyone knows about the activity, you're asked to call the police department . DeSpain asks the public to keep their eyes and ears open if the vandals do hit another neighborhood. Between the hours of 2 and 5 a.m. is when police say the suspects vandalized homes the last two mornings.

Some of these vandals' message still remains, but much of it has been cleaned off by the homeowners. Many of the words and messages are derogatory.

"Some of it's anti law enforcement, some is pro marijuana. It appears these are likely teenagers who likely don't have anything better on their hands," said DeSpain.

Neighbors and victims have come to realize, these vandals won't get what they want.

"All of the words that are written that I've seen are against the feds and the cops. Well, this just gave them job security. It just helped them out," said Erica Anderson, who had her home vandalized. "I don't think the law enforcement agencies took a hit here, it's me, standing here scrubbing this."

Vardallas doesn't who did this, but he does claim to know what they are.

"These are very cowardly acts, and no one has the right to destroy property," said Vardallas.


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