Graffiti is on the rise in some Richmond neighborhoods, and police think one tagger may be responsible. Now, they need your help in figuring out who he is and getting him off the streets.
The tag spotted frequently around the city is a caricature and the words "Muck Man" or just "Muck."
To people living in Richmond's Union Hill neighborhood, it's an invasion of personal space.
"It's a violation," Elaine Odell said. "It feels very physical, very personal. It's like being slapped in the face."
"Muck Man" has been slapping a character's face and tag all over. In some cases, people have painted over or put other tags on the vandalism, which creates a mess.
Police are seeing a lot of this graffiti in the Venable street area. Some of Odell's neighbors have been hit.
"It's anger because you can't imagine someone would be so insensitive and clueless," Odell added. "It's a completely selfish act. It totally makes the neighborhood look less safe. It makes it look like the neighbors don't care."
But Richmond Police Lt. Dan Minton says they do care and they've been trying to figure out who "Muck Man" is.
"It's very difficult," he explained. "You have to be in the right place at the right time. The biggest help we get is from citizens that call us and say 'hey, there's a suspicious person in my neighborhood.'"
The longer this tagger is out there, the more resources the police department will be forced to waste.
"He's going to have to pay for what he's done," Minton asserted. "It is a crime. I think a lot of people think they're just tagging an abandoned building and nobody cares about it, but we care about it. It costs the city money. It costs people money."
If you know who "Muck Man" is, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
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