Graffiti swamps North County neighborhood; School tagged

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 21:23:24-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - Vandals invade an Escondido neighborhood, tagging fences, businesses and even an elementary school.

Brian, who asked us not to use his last name, says just before 11 p.m. Saturday, his parents saw something just outside his home near E. Mission Avenue.

"They noticed a silver, white F-150. A bunch of the kids ran, jumped back in the car," said Brian.

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They drove off, leaving a trail of graffiti along his fence, and he's hardly alone.

Up and down the neighborhood, there were taggings at some 40 different sites: Fences, sidewalks, signs, a wall at a 7-Eleven, and also some walls outside Glen View Elementary.

Brian says his home has now been hit 8 times in the past year and a half. Others tell us it's a similar story across the neighborhood.

"It can damage the value of a community," said Brian.

Brian says he's spent more than $1,000 replacing wood panels on his fence. Police are still compiling information, but a spokesperson told 10News some of the tagging is gang-related.