Grand Rapids police investigating graffiti on southwest side homes

Posted at 3:49 PM, May 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-28 16:16:58-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Several people who live on the southwest side of Grand Rapids woke up to find graffiti painted on their homes.

The majority of the graffiti is on Rose Street and the marking appear to be gang symbols.  At least seven homes on Rose and Stewart Streets were hit last night.

Judy Nelmark, who lives in the area with her sister and brother-in-law, says this is uncharacteristic in their neighborhood.  They believe it happened between midnight and 4:00am.

Grand Rapids Police tell us that "gang tagging" becomes a problem as the whether gets warm.  Lt. Patrick Merrill says that the city has an aggressive and procative "graffiti abatement" team and, with owner's permission, Public Works will paint over markings or scrub it off with a power washer, free of charge.

People should call police to make reports of graffiti or can call 311 to report it to the city.