SAN DIEGO -- A business owner is hoping surveillance video will help end graffiti that has plagued a Midway District neighborhood.
“It's incredibly frustrating,” said Joel Butler, who owns Leatherback Canvas at 3025 Hancock St.
Butler says he came to work Monday morning and immediately “got a sinking feeling.” Just off Rosecrans Street, someone had tagged the side of his work truck, which he calls “Big Blue.”
Butler caught the entire tagging incident on surveillance video.
At around 3 a.m. Monday, a young man and woman with a large can of spray paint approach his truck. The man passes the woman the can and she tests the spray paint on the pavement. The man pulls out his phone and starts taking photos or shooting video. The woman goes off camera and appears to be tagging the truck. Less than a minute later, she leaves. The man gets a few more shots and follows her.
“Every day, it’s something new,” Butler said. It brings down the aesthetics of the area. It makes you angry.”
Butler hopes that by getting this video out, the two taggers will be caught.
“They aren’t going to get away with this. Just feel like ‘Big Blue’ could get his chance at revenge. Hopefully they get punished.”
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call San Diego police.