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Authorities trying to curb graffiti vandalism
Several charges, arrests made in past few weeks
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No more pencils and no more books.

Spray paint and graffiti are the things getting dirty looks, as local authorities are trying to handle school being out for the summer.

“Typically when school gets out, we do see an increase in this type of crime,” said Gainesville Police spokesman Cpl. Kevin Holbrook. “Those are things that we expect and we try to take preventative measures on.”

In the past week, three juveniles were charged by Gainesville Police for defacing the downtown square.

“Officers charged (three) juveniles with damaging the downtown parking deck with graffiti,” according to a news release. “The juveniles were released to their parents at the scene.”

The Hall County Marshal’s Office made a group of vandalism arrests on May 27.

“From what I can tell the officer observed the four individuals … spray painting the Atlanta (Highway) bridge supports,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes wrote in an email.

Gainesville Police are working with tenants around the downtown square to report any peculiar activity to curb the vandalism.

“If they notice anything suspicious, anything out of the ordinary, they can contact us so we can handle it appropriately,” Holbrook said.

Holbrook offered a reminder to kids and to parents that defacing government property is a felony charge.

“Juveniles may think this is a harmless prank, but it is a serious crime with serious consequences,” he said.