From The Forum:
A wave of vandalism swept through the Lindenwood area over the weekend, leaving in its wake the building façade of a popular medical plaza as well as the slashed tires and broken windows of some cars parked in the immediate surrounding area.
Law enforcement sources say that the tags scrawled on the wall belong to well-known taggers in the graffiti community. One standout tag belongs to Lil Creep who is a notorious presence. An inside source confirmed that police have substantial information on several of the taggers in this incident and are hopeful that arrest will be made in connection with the incident in an expeditious manner. Police are investigating possible gang affiliations associated with some of the tags left on the wall.
The tags used supply the police with crucial information about the individual doing the graffiti. Experts say they can be likened to the vandals DNA because the tags are used only by that individual and are the means by which to identify that specific person.
Dr. Anthony Napolitano, owner of the Medical Arts Center located on 151st Avenue off 84th Street in Lindenwood, said he now plans to install lighting over the top of the building as well as placing security cameras in strategic locations. “We’re going to do everything we can to stop this type of activity,” Napolitano told The Forum, “It [graffiti] greatly disturbs the character of the neighborhood and can drive values down. I’m here 30 years and I’m not about to let that happen.”