Graffiti uptick in Finley prompts law enforcement crackdown

Deputies received a dozen graffiti reports in June
Graffiti uptick in Finley prompts law enforcement crackdown

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office announced it will be cracking down on vandals in the east Finley area after receiving numerous reports of graffiti this month.

For the month of June, deputies have received 12 reports of graffiti on both private and public property. Nine of those reports came after June 21, according to a news release.

Of those reports, only one incident appears to be gang-related. On June 21, deputies found the letters ‘SUR” and the number “13” tagged on the Two Rivers Park restrooms. The restrooms have been vandalized with graffiti three times since the start of June, deputies said.

Most of the graffiti was reported over the weekend of June 24. It is done in different colors of spray paint with many of the same letters including “WUF,” “DOEE,” and “DR.”

Damaged spots include:

– Metal fence off S. Haney Road

– Cinderblock fence off E. Cochran Road

– Side of a shop off E. Perkins Road

– Side of the road off S. Sloan Court

– Cinderblock irrigation pump house off E. Perkins Road

– Power pole off E. Perkins Road

– BNSF metal control box off E. Cochran Road.

Investigating graffiti damage is a high priority for the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Gang Team, deputies said. They will be working with Kennewick police to solve these crimes.

No suspects have been identified.

Deputies will be contacting the victims of these crimes to have the graffiti removed as soon as possible.

If you know who may be responsible, contact the non-emergency dispatch line at 509-628-0333.