Caught on Tape: Vandals Hit Local Business

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

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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  • by TJ on Apr 17, 2010 at 05:57 PM
    Marsha, sorry your visit had a bad turn, I hope the rest of your time will be a good one.
  • by Marsha Location: Springs on Apr 17, 2010 at 03:27 AM
    I just visiting with family here. Would'nt live here because crime rate is to high. We were robbed yesterday at my daughters house. Parents do you know where your kids are? Do you know when they come home with electronics that is not theirs? Kids have to much stuff, and no respect for others and their property. What fun is it to vandelize others property. Maybe if they had to work for their money and so much of it wasn't handed to them they would respect themself and others property.
  • by Maryanne Location: Alabama on Apr 12, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    Some young people are really out of control. The system needs to deal more effectively with them. I don't think jail is the solution to everything. One suggestion I think we ought to consider is an old fashioned spanking or paddling for these offenders. It worked well when I was growing up. We didn't seem to have problems like this back than. The only thing we should do differently is do it in public, so others can see the consequences. If Mom, Dad, or a relative is up to the job than I'd let them do it. If they aren't, than maybe we can get a police officer to volunteer. What I would suggest is take the offender to a public place like a park when its time. Take their pants down. I suppose though for modesty's sake we could let them wear their jockey briefs or panties. They should than be spanked with a paddle or a belt. I don't think it has to be severe at all. I think just the shame of being publicly spanked in their underwear would send a big message to offenders.
  • by Tammy Location: colo springs on Apr 8, 2010 at 03:09 PM
    I agree Justice!!! she sounds like the type sticking up for the scum who did this to innocent animals!!!!!
  • by Justice Location: Police Station on Apr 8, 2010 at 11:11 AM
    Michelle is most likely one of the thugs that attacked the pigs down near fountain.
  • by Tammy Location: colo springs on Apr 8, 2010 at 05:24 AM
    what are you dixie a CSI////
  • by Jared Location: cos on Apr 5, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    You are a imbecile Michelle. I keep reading your idiotic posts on this site and you are one of the dumbest people I've responded to! YOU'RE AN IDIOT. SHUT UP
  • by duh Location: cs on Apr 5, 2010 at 04:13 PM
    PH look at the rest of the news lately. They cops are a little busy to be staking out businesses all over colorado springs. Be realistic.
  • by Dixie Location: springs on Apr 5, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    I've closely analized the video and I agree, these vandals are clearly hispanic....BUT I don't think this should have even been brought up! Michelle is being a troll...of course no one would have those silly opinions!
  • by Matt Location: cs on Apr 5, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    I'd say they ought to have their own cell phones, playstations & computers spray painted over..maybe they'd then learn how it feels to have something you own be vandalized. Bet they wouldn't do it again, ever.
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