Even if you have an eye for art, waking up to graffiti on your car door may stir up the wrong idea of creative expression.
After multiple recent incidents of property vandalized by graffiti went unresolved in Whitestone, one proactive resident decided to to take matters into her own hands.
A member of the civic association We Love Whitestone Facebook group, she posted a series of pictures showing graffiti plagued signs by the mischievous graffiti vandal.
“Ok Whitestone just caught this jerk doing graffiti on signs all over Whitestone followed him and called the 109 they came and he has been taken away.. keep your eyes out . SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING,” resident Christine Ruppert Coniglio wrote on May 14.
100 members liked the post and left over thirty comments that commended her effort.
“First, that’s so great that you caught him. Second, graffiti??? Who does that these days?? 1995 called and wants it’s crime back! Have fun doing community service cleaning garbage loser!!!! Bahahahaha” one person replied.
A spokesperson at the 109th Precinct, which serves Whitestone, has confirmed that the arrest was made but refused to provide any additional information.
Nonetheless, Conigilio described the graffiti artist as an adult male in his 30’s, wearing an unseasonable winter hat.
The string of vandalism was initially brought to the attention of residents on May 10 when another member posted pictures and text that exposed the neighborhood’s artistic villain.
“This morning my car, a neighbor’s house and the [Life Health Fitness] gym were vandalized and tagged in graffiti. It has been reported to the 109 precinct … Thankful no was injured or more serious damage was caused, but it still happened in our community!!!!” she wrote about her vandalized car on 154th street in Beechhurst.