• This sign at the baseball field at Riverside Park was one of at least four places in Spruce Pine “tagged” overnight Tuesday, Feb. 7, with the letters “SDK.”
    This sign at the baseball field at Riverside Park was one of at least four places in Spruce Pine “tagged” overnight Tuesday, Feb. 7, with the letters “SDK.”

Areas of downtown Spruce Pine ‘tagged’

Police seeking information about recent acts of vandalism

SPRUCE PINE – The Spruce Pine Police department is seeking information about a recent rash of vandalism.

Police Chief Bill Summerlin said this past week his department received reports of at least four places in the downtown area “tagged” with graffiti overnight this past Tuesday. A “tag” is a personal signature or other representation on public property typically using spray paint. 

“There is some skill behind what they’re doing,” Summerlin said. “We are working with an area retailer to look at surveillance footage.”

The tag showed up initially around two months ago at the Tri-County Oil building on Highland Avenue. Other similar tags have appeared sporadically since, but Summerlin said at least four more spots were tagged overnight Tuesday alone, including a sign at the Riverside Park baseball field and the wall at the terminus of Locust Street.

“I have sent a picture of the graffiti to the prisons to see if any inmates might recognize it,” Summerlin said. “Anyone with any information should call the police department.”

Pictures of the graffiti have also been sent to experts in Raleigh for examination.

The Spruce Pine Police Department can be reached at 828-765-2233. Summerlin said all callers could be kept anonymous.

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616