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Graffiti Problems Continue To Plague Monmouth Area

MONMOUTH -- Neighborhoods throughout Monmouth were hit with graffiti -- some of it gang-related -- in late January.

MONMOUTH -- Neighborhoods throughout Monmouth were hit with graffiti -- some of it gang-related -- in late January.

This marks the second rash of vandalism in residential areas in a month. Several fences and homes were tagged near the end of 2012.

Ten incidents were reported between Jan. 26 and Jan. 28 along East Jackson and North Craven streets, Cherry Lane Park and other locations, Monmouth Police Sgt. Kim Dorn said. Most tags were on fences or utility boxes.

Seven tags were the same kind of gang graffiti that was left on fences, homes and cars in December. There have been no arrests in either case, Dorn said.

"I know people who have been victims now more than once are very frustrated," Dorn said. "Their property is being damaged and it's expensive to fix."

One arrest was made regarding non-gang tags. Police charged

Micah Yabes, 21, of Monmouth with criminal mischief III after community members saw him and friends tagging power poles near Gentle Avenue on Jan. 27.

"In that case, people were watching what was happening and let us know right away," Dorn said. "And that's what we're going to need to make arrests ... citizens watching out."

While Monmouth doesn't normally have a tagging problem, there have been almost as many reported incidents of graffiti since late December as there were annually in 2010 and 2011.

Any Monmouth resident whose property was tagged in late January or who has information on these cases should contact Monmouth Police at 503-838-1109.

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