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Company steps up to clean Petersburg graffiti for free

Posted at 6:47 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 19:01:43-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Graffiti on several buildings throughout Petersburg is causing concerns for neighbors, but one local company is stepping in to help those who have been impacted.

"It's terrible, it's terrible," said Eric Verschuure, while walking his dog past the Low Street Park.

"Well I don't like it, its defacing property," said Christine Hunt, while on her morning walk.

Whether you call it graffiti or tags, its spread throughout Old Towne Petersburg.

"We've seen an uptick with graffiti and people tagging certain buildings through the area, sort of from Ettrick to Old Towne, right here near the train station," said David Leming, the Owner of Budz with Sudz Power Washing.

Petersburg Police say they're actively looking for two, white juveniles on bicycles with backpacks.

Those who live and work in the area believe those responsible, when caught, should have to come back to clean up the damage.

"I would like to see them be give the paint and paint over it before they are handled otherwise, I mean they should clean it up," said Verchuure.

Hunt also believes they should have to clean it up.

"If nothing else, maybe they can come back and paint the fence like Tom Sawyer did or something, go back and fix the property,” she added.

David Leming is offering a special deal for those with damage.

"Yeah, so we said that basically what we would do is, at no cost to the property owner, we would go through and remove the graffiti. I think the important part of that is it’s at no cost to the property owner," he said.

Monday, Leming’s business worked along the Friends of the Lower Appomattox Trail to remove the graffiti.

"The same people, because we've been to see the tag, have been down on the FOLAR Trail recently,” said Leming.

He says his company is also willing to power wash the city owned building at the park.

Considering the amount of damage, Petersburg Police say those responsible for the graffiti could be facing felony destruction of property charges.

If you have any information about the graffiti, call Crime Solvers at 861-1212.