83x2: SAPD closing in on pair thought responsible for Halloween graffiti

Officials with the St. Augustine Police Department say they are close to catching the two people believed to be responsible for a rash of graffiti left throughout the city on Halloween night.

 

“They tagged 83 different locations downtown with what looks like to be a paint pen,” St. Augustine Assistant Police Chief Anthony Cuthbert told The Record on Thursday.

Cuthbert said the markings appear to have been left by two people, a male and a female, both in their mid-20s, who were walking around the downtown area that night.

Caught on surveillance cameras, Cuthbert said that in one instance the female can be seen acting as a look out, while the male made the markings with the pen, leaving behind the word “Gouge.”

“I don’t know what the meaning behind that is,” he said.

But, because of the surveillance footage, a still from which was recently posted to the Police Department’s Facebook page, they do know what the two look like.

The duo were dressed as “Addams Family” characters, Pugsley and Wednesday.

The photo of the two and descriptions of their costumes, Cuthbert said, have generated enough leads that authorities think they may be able to make an arrest in the case in the coming days.

“We have a person of interest, thanks to social media,” he said.

Despite the relatively large amount of markings believed to have been left behind by the two, Cuthbert said there is not a huge problem with “tagging” or graffiti in the downtown area.

“Once in a while it will pop up, but it’s very rare,” he said. “We have never had like a huge mural made.”

Cuthbert said public works was working on getting the markings cleaned up.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call Sgt. Jason Etheredge at 825-1092. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-8477.

 

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