The owner of a commercial building at 46th Street and Grand Avenue is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the graffiti vandals who tagged the structure sometime Christmas Eve night.
“I'm very serious about this,” said Louise Bruce, who owns the building at 313 46th St. W., which contains five business spaces. “And I'm not afraid to prosecute.”
Vandals hit the building, part of which is being renovated, sometime during the night of Dec. 24 or in the early morning hours of Dec. 25. The vandals spray-painted graffiti on the front of the building and both sides, tagging the windows on the side of building under renovation. The graffiti included a bubble-letter wording and a large image of a man with the word “jerk” written on his chest. The vandals also spray-painted graffiti on the dumpster and vent located behind the building.
“It was the worst I've ever seen it,” said Bruce, who added that vandals have hit the building before.
The commercial building Bruce owns is home to several businesses, including the Colorwheel Salon and Art Gallery, Abbott Insurance Agency, Germain Insurance Agency and the jewelry gallery of Karen Gilbert. It also includes a former grocery store now being rebuilt as a restaurant.
Bruce said she's worried that the old grocery store being renovated looks like an abandoned building and is a factor in attracting graffiti. That's why she has already spent several hundred dollars painting over the graffiti, with the help of a concerned neighbor.
When vandals last tagged the building, Bruce said she offered a $500 reward for information leading to their arrest and conviction. She said she would continue to send a clear message that she won't tolerate graffiti on the building.
“As far as I'm concerned, it's property damage. It's like taking a rock and breaking a window,” Bruce said. “From my end, I won't back down on this.”