Growing Graffiti Problem in Orosi

May 13, 2009 8:32:51 PM PDT
A South Valley community is struggling to stop a growing graffiti problem. And Orosi church leaders want to know why their facilities are being targeted more often.The area above the front door of Orosi's Sequoia Presbyterian Church is now covered in graffiti. The church is the latest to fall victim to vandals. It was hit twice last week.

Tulare County Sheriff's Sergeant Chris Douglass says 88 cases of graffiti or other types of vandalism have been reported so far this year.

Workers recently painted over graffiti that covered the entire back wall of the Seventh Day Adventist Church ... but taggings are still evident on the south wall of the Iglesia De La Comunidad.

De La Cerda says the taggings are a frustrating problem and doesn't understand why churches are suddenly being targeted.

Graffiti has become such a problem in the Cutler-Orosi area that locals have painted this elaborate mural on the side of a market.

Sheriff's officials say the community is actively trying to rid the problem. Sheriff's Sergeant Chris Douglass says most of the suspects are juveniles. In fact two were arrested just last week for church taggings.

If you live in the Cutler-Orosi area and you spot graffiti you can call the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. They've also set up a hotline to call if you spot any gang or other types of graffiti.

That number is 1-888-END-GANG.

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