McKibbin’s Scribblin’s: No place for this in Rifle |

McKibbin’s Scribblin’s: No place for this in Rifle

Mike McKibbin
McKibbin’s Scribblin’s
Mike McKibbin
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Of all the “big city” things Rifle might like to have, this definitely isn’t one of them.

We all need to keep an eye out so the Rifle Police Department can catch whoever has been vandalizing private and public property around the city in the last week with a rash of graffiti.

We’ve all likely seen an example of this “art work,” which I guess might be a correct term to use for a few people. But I’d bet that if you were to ask a graffiti “artist” what his creation was about and tried to say, they’d be stumped.

Sgt. Kirk Wilson with the police department posted a notice earlier this week on the department’s Facebook page that said, in part:

“This is a tremendous eye sore and economic drain, which can no longer be tolerated. Although I cannot share all that we know in regards to this investigation, here is what I can share and how you can help.

“The suspect has been brazen enough to strike both day and night. It does not appear that the suspect hides when interrupted; rather, the suspect probably casually walks down the street. This means that we have all probably driven right past this person and we never knew it. The suspect also carries several cans of spray paint. The paint is more than likely not carried in plain view, so it is probably concealed in a large coat or backpack.”

And if the comments to the post left by Rifle residents are an indication, no one wants to see this person get away with this crime:

“I know a good place to put those spray paint cans when they are found…”

“I hope you catch them and make them scrub it off brick by brick…with a toothbrush!”

“With all the tags up Howard Avenue, I think it’s obvious the culprit lives over here. A neighbor did get some video of this loser painting a neighbors fence and we turned it over to the PD. Let’s see if they can do something with it.”

“All down West Avenue, the mail boxes were tagged at 3:20 p.m. Neighbors, check your cameras for a good picture of this guy.”

Downtown businesses, including the East Avenue Cleaners, the office building next to the vacant lot by the movie theaters on Third Street and Remington Square, where the CT office is located, were among the ones hit.

It’s good to see Rifle folks have the common sense to know this needs to stop. And, if it is a youth who’s doing this, I’d like to know where the parents are at. Why don’t they know what their son or daughter is up to? Do they care?

If you look up graffiti online, you can find a long history of its appearances. And some of it does look more like art than anything that’s been spray painted in Rifle. This is just vandalism, plain and simple.

Rifle has enough people who don’t shovel their walks of snow and don’t keep their property in shape. We don’t need someone running around with spray paint, making things look bad and damaging private property.

So everyone needs to let the cops know if they see anything suspicious. As you’ve probably heard, there’s a recent saying regarding crime and criminals: If you see something, say something. Call 911 if there’s something suspicious going on, or you can reach the Garfield County Emergency Communications Center at 625-8095, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.

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