Businesses Clean Taggers' Mess

RENO, NV - Midtown business owners are fed up. As the district continues its growth, one problem continues to plague the area: graffiti. It's a problem they have been dealing with in midtown for years. People say it's gotten better recently, but still have to clean it up about once a month.

Wednesday night, taggers hit several businesses and caused hundreds of dollars of damage.

"It does not make sense to me why they do it, knowing that we just cover it up right away. The very next day we are all out here painting over it," said Sara Rollins, a worker at Statewide Lighting who was painting over graffiti Thursday.

Rollins says this is the fourth time she's had to cover tags left on the side of this building at South Virginia and Pueblo streets.

"Well, it is a giant blank canvas, so I can see the appeal, I suppose, for the troublemakers," said Rollins.

Within a few hundred yards of this building, several other businesses were hit overnight.

"I am not going to stand by and let it happen because if you do, then you're a victim. And I am not a victim," said Scotty Roller, owner of Rock City Posters.

Roller has been working for months to get his poster gallery open. Thursday morning, he arrived to see the storefront covered in red paint.

"I am mad. But I'll get over that. Taking time from me. I can't get it back," said Roller.

It took him three hours to clean up the mess. He didn't have the extra time, but he wanted the graffiti gone right away. That way the taggers get as little exposure as possible.

"The windows are clear so whoever did this gets absolutely no notoriety off of this," said Roller.

Back at Statewide Lighting, Sara Rollins has an idea to keep this from happening again. She wants to put a mural on this wall.

"Whoever is doing it, they seem to respect the artists. I am not sure why they don't respect the business and building owners," said Rollins.

Police say it is a good idea to clean up the graffiti, but first, take a picture of it and file a police report. That way, when police catch the culprits, they have evidence against the taggers.


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