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Suspect identified in unusual rash of graffiti in Palmer, police say

  • Author: Zaz Hollander
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published March 7, 2016

PALMER -- Palmer police say they have identified a juvenile suspect in a rash of graffiti vandalism at more than 30 businesses last week.

The graffiti ranged from anarchy symbols to male anatomy and showed up over a four-day period from Sunday to Wednesday at 34 locations, said Palmer police Chief Lance Ketterling.

The male suspect hasn't been charged yet, Ketterling said. An investigation continues. "We've been devoting quite a few resources to this," he said.

While Palmer isn't immune to graffiti, the amount involved in this case was unusual. The spray-painted symbols turned up on business and traffic signs downtown, at the skate park and near the middle school.

They're apparently stubborn and hard to remove. Attorney Curtis Martin was able to get his sign cleaned, an employee said, but a neighboring attorney is still scrubbing.

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