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.