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Pampa Vandalism

Pampa Police Sgt. Donny Brown Pampa Police Sgt. Donny Brown
Red Cross CEO Jan Gregory Red Cross CEO Jan Gregory

A recent jump in graffiti crimes has Pampa police on the lookout for multiple offenders.

The past three weeks have seen a sharp increase in the number of businesses being hit in downtown pampa.

Most of the graffiti is behind stores and in back alleys. But some store fronts have been hit, even one next door to the police department.

The biggest problem isn't the eye sore but the economic impact on downtown businesses.

"They're hitting businesses downtown." says Sgt. Donny Brown of the Pampa Police. "Thousands and thousands of dollars to clean that up. It's beginning to be a real problem."

One business hit in downtown Pampa is the Eastern Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross.

"Unless we can get the paint donated by a merchant here in pampa we'll probably have to pay for it and it's a brand new door, they left our old delapadated one alone and got the brand new one," says Red Cross CEO, Jan Gregory.

The police tell us they have stepped up enforcement during the late night and early morning hours but need the help of the public. Anyone with information is asked to call pampa crime stoppers at 669-2222.

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