The Fan District Association blasted out an e-mail this weekend, alerting residents that the man suspected of being a "paint-can Picasso" has been arrested. The number "seven" had popped up in at least five places, often with huge lettering.
Court records reveal the man suspected of being behind it all, Todd Foglesong, faces several charges for allegedly opening that can of spray paint.
It's not clear what the word "seven" is supposed to represent, however it's now plastered across the Fan in places like a wall near Grove Avenue and another facade on South Davis Avenue.
"They (vandals) just show up outside your house and paint on it, and disappear," said Roger Whitfield, president of the Fan District Association.
Antoine Meredith just revamped his gym, Stride Club, located about a block away from one of the tags.
"You always try to go out and beautify your business, beautify your building," said Meredith. "You definitely don't want any graffiti. You don't want anybody vandalizing it because then you have to spend extra money trying to get it back together."
An entire side of one home was also spray-painted with the word "seven" in huge bubble letters. The owner had to paint it over.
Whitfield pointed out that you could still see a slight disparity between the old paint and the cover-up job. He says it never quite looks as nice as if nothing had been vandalized.
"There's always a slight difference in the shading and the sheen in the paint that's on the walls," commented Whitfield. "It's really unfortunate and annoying to the people who have lived here a long time."
If you suspect you've been a victim of the "seven" tag on your property, call the Richmond police third precinct.
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