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The graffiti on the side of Graeter’s is gone. Using magical and mystical modern chemistry, the paint was removed with little visible damage.

Tagger caught on camera

Westerville police have yet to identify a suspect in the spray painting of graffiti on the side of Graeter’s in Uptown Westerville.

Stephanie Wages said she had just returned to her car when the tagger began to use a cardboard stencil to paint what appeared to be a panda lying on its back with a bomb dropping on it. The person then spray painted red lettering that read “Stop playing with bombs!”

Wages made a photo of the painter finishing the red lettering before calling the police. The tagger left before police arrived.

The police report says “a guy stopped and asked the suspect what he was doing but he did not answer and the guy pulled away.” The report also states that “when the suspect had finished painting, he stood up, waved, and ran off.”

The building owner, Mary Cockerell, was informed of the damage. Attempts to remove the damage were made Monday but it was not completely removed.

The suspect is described as “wearing black pants, a black leather jacket, black hood, black gloves, black mask, and white checkered shoes.”

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect should contact Westerville Police at 614-882-7444.

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Wages

Graffiti painted on the side of Graeter's Ice Cream in Uptown Westerville.

Graffiti painted on the side of Graeter’s Ice Cream in Uptown Westerville.

A young boy on a skateboard pauses to see what remains after an attempt to clean spray painted graffiti on the side of Graeter's Ice Cream in Uptown Westerville.

A young boy on a skateboard pauses to see what remains after an attempt to clean spray painted graffiti on the side of Graeter’s Ice Cream in Uptown Westerville.

About The Author

Gary Gardiner

Former newspaper and Associated Press photographer. Instructor at Westerville Center for Photography. Owns SmallTown Stock, the Reasonably Rights Managed stock photo agency. Founder and Director for The American Scene Project, a heritage project dedicated to exhibiting and preserving photography of everyday American life.

1 Comment

  1. tim

    You shouldn’t have posted a picture of the completed defacement as you just increased the criminal’s audience. You gave him exactly what he wanted.

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