The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 26, 2013

Police looking for graffiti suspects

There have been several graffiti incidents downtown

The Free Press

MANKATO — Police are reminding residents about Mankato's graffiti hotline after a string of incidents in downtown Mankato during the past several days.

There have been 11 reports of graffiti incidents in downtown Mankato during the past week, said Sgt. Adam Gray of the Mankato Department of Public Safety. Most, if not all, of the incidents have been on private property. Businesses and residents are required to remove graffiti within 48 hours.

Those costs can be recovered if the suspect or suspects are caught and convicted and a judge orders restitution, he said. Police also want to know the cost of removal because it could lead to more serious charges if the same people are involved. If the total cost is more than $1,000, the suspects could be charged with a felony.

If you have 10 to 11 incidents, that, aggregated, could be well over $1,000," Gray said.

The Graffiti Hotline number is 507-387-8792.