Ocean Beach businesses getting tagged repeatedly: Suspected OB taggers caught on video
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SAN DIEGO - Business owners in Ocean Beach are hoping surveillance video will help authorities find whoever is responsible for a recent graffiti spree.
The James Gang Company has been tagged twice in a short amount of time. This time, it was all caught on camera.
Owner Paul Bearce showed the video to 10News, and as he watched, he said, "There are two male and one female, and I believe it was a male and a female that were tagging. There's the male and the female that were tagging on the door right there."
The video shows five people at 9:43 p.m. Monday at the corner of Bacon Street and Santa Monica Avenue in Ocean Beach. In another camera angle, three of them are seen walking away slowly as two stop to do the damage. It only took 18 seconds.
"I could be doing something else. Yeah, I'm a printer, not a painter," Bearce said.
James Gang Company has been making T-shirts and printing since 1976. Bearce has worked there for about 20 years and became part owner about two years ago.
He told 10News, "You feel violated when you see it. Here it is again, you know, that somebody's come up again and done something to your building for no reason at all."
10News reported his story the first time it happened about six weeks ago.
"It's a different tag than it was the last time, but you know, you see this stuff all over town," said Bearce.
About a half-block away from the James Gang Company building is a similar tag with the same writing and the same face.
The Newport Avenue Antique Center was also hit, with the owners noticing it Thursday morning and immediately painting the entire back wall to cover it up.
It's unclear if it was the same group of people or not.
Some of the tags are still on the Dumpster and a nearby business awning.
10News learned San Diego police officers are patrolling the area.
"It was three guys and two girls. It appears there was one guy and one girl who painted, or you know, tagged the door," said Bearce.
If you recognize any of the people shown in the video, you're asked to call San Diego police or the James Gang Company.
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