Rise of vandalism in Colonial Heights hurting business owners

Posted at 10:10 PM, Apr 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-05 22:10:10-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WTVR) -- Reports of recurring vandalism are surfacing in Colonial Heights. Business owners in the area say they are experiencing hurt from the repetitive spray-painted graffiti.

Police say some businesses have reported being vandalized multiple times. In January, detectives arrested and charged three people with defacing signs, buildings and a police cruiser. Investigators believe the three suspects could be involved in as many as 32 reported vandalism cases in Colonial Heights.

Colonial Heights vandalism suspects

Three suspects in recent Colonial Heights vandalism incidents.

Justin Keppler is the owner of JWK Electronics and a victim of the most recent graffiti incident. Vandals tagged his store with the words, "UNSEEN CAN'T CATCH US."

"It's very unnecessary and time-consuming.  It takes time away from working," Keppler said. I'm glad it's not obscene.  But it seems to be happening more and more."

Police say they are investigating this incident and hope to learn more about a possible suspect within coming weeks.