A late-night graffiti attack in the Sunset Park neighborhood Sunday night/Monday morning left 11 cars vandalized, one of them burglarized, and another one the victim of attempted burglary, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. The cars were defaced with spray paint, as were signs in the neighborhood and the street pavement; no homes were “tagged,” but a wooden fence and a cinder block wall were, said SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler.
The attack appeared to be limited to the 1700 block of Pier Avenue, and the spray painting was “some type of gang graffiti,” said Trisler. As the police department investigated on Monday morning, December 28, Trisler reported that a witness arriving home at 10 p.m. Sunday night saw no damage in the neighborhood, so the vandalism occurred sometime after that.
There was no indication as to the motive for the crime or the selection of the particular location.
The City’s graffiti abatement team was expected in the neighborhood after the police completed their initial investigation.
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