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Suspected graffiti vandal identified

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Criminal charges are being developed in connection with graffiti vandalism that has occurred in various areas of Roswell for almost a year and a half, causing thousands of dollars in damage and requiring almost 100 hours of manpower to remove, according to Roswell Police Department officials.

The RPD is asking anyone who is aware of — but has not reported — property that has been vandalized by graffiti including the monicker “SHOK” to report the vandalism to Officer Scott Wrenn, who is conducting the investigation. Call the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770 so incidents can be documented in the investigation.

A suspect, Richard D.Young, 21, was arrested June 28 on an unrelated warrant for failure to comply with probation, according to information released by the RPD on Monday.

RPD Public Information Officer Todd Wildermuth said in a press release that further police investigation — and information received through Chaves County Crime Stoppers — helped identify Young as the suspect in the “SHOK” vandalism.

Various markers and spray paint have been used to vandalize buildings and other structures, as well as various items, with the “SHOK” graffiti in areas that include — but are not limited to — the downtown district, railroad district, Spring River corridor, bike trails and the old Glover packing plant on North Garden Avenue.

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The city Code Enforcement’s graffiti-removal workers have spent 96 hours removing “SHOK” vandalism from 87 public and private locations from February 2017 through this June. The total amount of damage, and cost of labor and materials to remove the vandalism, will be taken into account when the complete set of charges is finalized, police said.

RPD is also attempting to identify others who may be involved with graffiti vandalism that includes the monikers or terms “RTC,” “HAVOK,” “DOS 1,” and “BORD.” Anyone with information is encouraged to call RPD, or Crime Stoppers at 888-594-8477.