Tagger goes on spraying spree in Olympia

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 5:33 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Police say a 21-year-old man spray painted words on as many as 20 businesses in downtown Olympia.

“It made me so mad to be honest with you,” said Sultan Allen, who owns a convenience store that was hit by the tagger.

He said the walls and windows outside of Adams Market are vandalized about once a month.

“I really don’t understand the point of it,” said Allen.

An Olympia police officer said he saw Nicholas Cody spray painting a building shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. Cody allegedly ran across the street before he was arrested.

Cody was also arrested for tagging in Tacoma in 2012.

The City of Olympia hires cleaning crews from the Capital Recovery Center to remove graffiti.
In March the city paid for a fourth member of the so-called “Clean Team” to focus on graffiti cleanup.

Rob Richards with the Capital Recovery Center estimates the team spends about 40 percent of its time removing graffiti.

Clean Team members also remove needles and trash from downtown streets.

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