Raleigh police looking for vandals

May 14, 2010 5:43:24 PM PDT
The Raleigh Police Department is asking for the public's help in solving a string of vandalisms.The first incident happened on March 4 when 10 fire extinguishers were removed from walls and were emptied at the parking deck at 502 S. Wilmington St.

Other damages included signs being torn from walls and spray-painted graffiti.

Two other incidents happened on May 2 and 3 at the parking deck at 120 S Wilmington St. On the first day, six fire extinguishers were removed from walls and emptied. The second night, one fire extinguisher was removed and emptied. A street sweeper owned by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance was also vandalized.

On May 7, a fire extinguisher was removed from a wall and discharged onto three vehicles at the parking deck at 216 W. Cabarrus St.

"It's awful to have disrespect for themselves and others when they go out to a parking lot and damage other property," parking deck customer Gloria Chance said. "I'm sure they probably own a car, and if they don't someone in their family does, and so they're not really thinking about the laws of reciprocity that say what you do will come back to you."

Police have released surveillance photos from the May 7 incident that shows four men who are considered to be associated with the incident. Authorities have not said with certainty at this time that they were all committed by the same individuals.

"Somebody's gonna make a pretty good ID off those pictures from what I saw," parking deck customer Alan Briones said. "And I think people will get mad about their stuff being damaged and figure out who it is."

Anyone who believes they may know the identity of any of the suspects in the photos is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at (919) 996-3555 or Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP.

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