Caught on Tape: Vandals Hit Local Business

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email
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Police in southern Colorado are looking for the teenagers caught on surveillance cameras Sunday. One of the teens is seen tagging the walls of a car wash business.

The crime happened late Saturday night on Templeton Gap Road, near Powers Blvd and Dublin Blvd on the northeast side of Colorado Springs.

In the video you can see about 10 to 12 teenagers walking through the lot, but it appears the teens did not see the 32 cameras on the property.

"I got a call early [Sunday] morning from one of my customers," said Robert Wulfe, owner of Smudge Car and Dog Wash. "It's kind of sad."

Wulfe found graffiti on several walls of his car wash. The first thing he did when he got to work was check his security tapes. "You can see the one guy tagging the walls," he said.

The surveillance video shows the teens walk onto the lot. As they do, the motion sensors on the cameras are tripped, turning them on. "After hours, they're the eye in the sky,” said Wulfe. “They see everything."

Across the street from the car wash, the sides of a townhouse were also tagged. And the same orange paint was left on a paint store right next to the car wash.

"They're trying to be cool and want to show off to their friends, and do what they want to do, especially to a private residence and a business, it's ridiculous," said Wulfe.

A police report has been filed and a copy of the surveillance video was handed over to police. And Wulfe said, on Monday he will take a copy to high schools in the area, to see if anyone there recognizes the teens in the video.

If you recognize anyone in the video, or have information that could help police you can call Crime Stoppers in Colorado Springs at 634-STOP.

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