UPDATE: Another Agency Tagged by 'Dice' in Charleston

By: Anna Baxter, Katelyn Sykes Email
By: Anna Baxter, Katelyn Sykes Email

UPDATE 11/14/12 @ 5:35 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More graffiti is popping up all over the capital city.

The latest target is the Faith Community Church on Charleston’s West Side. Late Wednesday afternoon, the word "Dice" was found spray painted on the side of the building. This comes after the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services and the Charleston Fire Department was vandalized overnight.

Debbie Kittinger is the fleet manager of the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services and spent her Wednesday morning surveying the damage to three of her company’s vehicles.

"We've been here eight years, and this is the first incident and I don't like it," she said.

The tagger -- who’s already hit the Salvation Army, Health Net building, homes and garages -- struck again, spray painting "Dice" on the cars parked on the 5th floor of the Charleston Town Center mall’s parking garage.

"It makes me mad, but I guess brats will be brats," Kittinger said.

Also targeted was the Charleston Fire Department. "Dice" was painted on Assistant Chief Owen Hawk’s car.

"It's definitely frustrating that somebody goes around and has no respect for somebody else's property," he said.

It has been frustrating for city leaders, as well.

"The only thing you can do is as soon as the graffiti goes up, you get it off,” Charleston Mayor, Danny Jones said. “It upsets the people that quote, tag."

Jones said 10 years ago graffiti was a huge problem across the city. That’s when leaders put together an anti-graffiti squad whose sole purpose is to clean up messes like this.

"When I first started you couldn't, we couldn't drive down an alley anywhere in Charleston without seeing graffiti, and now sometimes it's tough to find," said Steve Edwards, a graffiti expert.

But graffiti like this is costing you, the taxpayer, thousands of dollars. Jones said they spend about $70,000 a year cleaning it up.

Some businesses are taking the clean-up into their own hands, but until Dice is caught leaders are left cleaning up the trail of paint.

Charleston Police have also been on this case since day one. They said they’re following up on leads, but you're asked to call them if you have any information.

Jones said if your home is vandalized by graffiti, to also call the city. They can send out their anti-graffiti squad to clean it up for you.

UPDATE 11/14/12 @ 8:50 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More graffiti is popping up in the city of Charleston.

The director of West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services’ tells WSAZ.com three of its vehicles were tagged overnight with the word "DICE."

Two of the vehicles have "DICE" written on the driver's side door, the third vehicle was dark so the person sprayed painted the window.

The director says this is very frustrating, but the vehicles will have to stay in service because the agency has work to do.

The word "DICE" has popped up on several vehicles, buildings and sidewalks in the last few weeks, including the Salvation Army in Charleston and homes on homes along Roane Street.

The Health Net building along Wyoming Street was also tagged.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com the people are doing this to advertise themselves because they want to be famous. Right now, police don't believe the group is targeting a specific area or the city or agency with the graffiti.

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UPDATE 11/8/12 @ 4:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More businesses and homes across the city of Charleston have been damaged by spray paint.

Charleston police said someone’s going around the city and spray painting “Dice” on buildings and sidewalks. Now they’re fed up and working hard to put an end to it.

"We're going to find Mr. Dice and I think he's rolled his last one," said Sgt. Bobby Eggleton, Charleston Police Department.

Police said a number of homes along Wyoming and Roane Streets on Charleston’s west side were tagged by ‘dice’ this week. On Tuesday, the Salvation Army’s emergency feed kitchen was damaged along Mary Street. It’ll cost the charity thousands of dollars to fix, money that’s supposed to go towards helping others.

"Instead of helping someone with food we're going to be using some of that money to probably fix this graffiti and it's unfortunate," said Aaron Goldfarb, Salvation Army Area Commander.

"You have no better thing to do with your time than hit somebody out there that's trying to help other people,” Sgt. Eggleton said. “Shame on you."

The Health Net building along Wyoming Street was tagged and so was a house for sale around the block. It’s a frustrating crime that police are calling a waste of their time.

"I've got to pull one of our top investigators to investigate Mr. Dice that has nothing better to do than destroy people's property just trying to make himself famous,” Sgt. Eggleton said. “We'll make you famous when we drag you across the street."

A strong message for the person behind a can of paint making their mark across town.

"Dice, if you're out there we're going to come get you,” Sgt. Eggleton said. “Get your little spray can. I think it's juvenile and the person we're looking at is not a juvenile. It's an adult. It's a juvenile action that we're not going to tolerate in the city.”

Police are following up on a few leads and said they have a pretty good idea of who’s doing the tagging. They’re even using social media to help crack the case and said someone posting something on Facebook that could lead them to ‘dice.’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An organization used to doing good has fallen victim to criminals.

Someone vandalized the Salvation Army’s emergency feeding kitchen, bus and building. Now leaders want those responsible to pay up.

“Dice and ‘We back.’"

They're words and pictures plastered on the Salvation Army’s emergency feed kitchen along Mary Street in Charleston. Area Commander Aaron Goldfarb said the canteen, bus and building were tagged with graffiti.

"This has really set back and kind of got the Salvation Army off focus about what we're supposed to be doing about helping people,” Goldfarb said. “Now we're going to have to take our canteen in and get the graffiti removed, etc. So we're kind of disappointed about this."

Goldfarb said it could cost up to $4,000 to paint and re-letter the canteen. That money comes from donations from the community -- money that’s supposed to help them.

"And no, instead of helping someone with food we're going to be using some of that money to probably fix this graffiti and it's unfortunate," he said.

On Tuesday, they got a $1,000 check to help with Hurricane Sandy relief but said it’ll most likely have to go toward cleaning up the graffiti. The emergency feeding kitchen also gets deployed across the country so getting it repainted is important.

"I could get called tomorrow to drive this somewhere for disaster relief for Hurricane Sandy and do I want this driving across the country with dice written on it?" Goldfarb said.

"We really need this to stop so we can focus on the things that are important," he added.

The Salvation Army said it could take up to three weeks to get the canteen and bus repaired. They’re asking for anyone with information about who tagged their property to call police. They said their building along Tennessee Avenue also was recently tagged.

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