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Mt. Juliet Police Going After Graffiti

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By Chris Cannon

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - There are several areas in Mt. Juliet where people have spray painted graffiti and Mt. Juliet Police are covering it up with a few cans of paint.

Tuesday afternoon Officers Tyler Chandler and James Christensen pulled over on the side of Interstate 40 to paint over graffiti on the sound barrier wall.

"Luckily we do not have a major graffiti problem. We have a few isolated incidents that we're handling today. We have time to handle it today and that's why we're taking care of it," said Sgt. Tyler Chandler.

With paint purchased at a local home improvement store the two officers painted over three sections of graffiti.

The spray-painted art is actually breaking the law.

"When you put paint on someone else's property, that's not right, it's against the law and we're definitely taking care of that today," Sgt. Chandler explained.

Officers are not usually out on the street painting over graffiti, but after several inquires were made about the vandalism, the department decided to try this approach.

"By us doing it, we're taking a more hands on approach to it, and simply removing it quickly," Sgt. Chandler explained.

The officer also said getting ahead of the graffiti issue can be reassuring to residents.

"People see this graffiti and they think there could be a gang problem. In reality it's not a gang problem, it's simply just a tagging issue," said Sgt. Chandler.

Across the interstate Doug Bingham manages a collision repair center and had a clear view of the graffiti.

"From the time we open the door in the morning, to the time we go home at night, we're looking at it the whole time," Bingham said.

Not only did he and his staff have to look at the vandalism, so did his customers.

"You know, a little bit of an embarrassment when you're taking customers in and out the door, looking at their cars, delivering their cars to them and when you step through the door, especially the way our door faces, if you look straight ahead, that's the first thing you see," Bingham admitted.

Mt. Juliet Police recently investigated a rash of graffiti in the Providence neighborhood. A tip from a resident led to the arrest of a 17-year-old boy. Police said he did so much damage with his spray paint can he now faces felony vandalism charges.

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