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WATCH NOW: Detectives searching for suspects in rash of spray paint vandalism in downtown Hobart

WATCH NOW: Detectives searching for suspects in rash of spray paint vandalism in downtown Hobart

HOBART — After an estimated thousands of dollars of damage was done from spray paint in a three-day vandalism blitz, police are asking the public's help identifying a suspect captured on camera. 

Between Sunday and Tuesday, Hobart officers responded to 12 calls of spray paint vandalism on local properties, said Hobart police Capt. James Gonzales. 

The vandals spray painted "666" and other symbols on several pieces of private property, according to Hobart police. 

The reports came in the evening hours including spray-paint on vehicles, brick buildings, dumpsters, business signs and utility boxes. The vandals mostly targeted downtown Hobart and the surrounding areas, police said.

In addition, there was more property vandalized in the 2300 block of Old Ridge Road and in the 3900 block of Montgomery Street.

While some victims removed the spray paint, some of the paint wasn't as easily cleaned off. In those instances, the cost to remove the paint and repair damaged property is expected to cost more than $2,000.

Surveillance video from city is being reviewed by detectives and at this time it appears the suspects were skate boarding in downtown Hobart. The footage captured a white male in his teens carrying a can of spray paint, Gonzales said. Photos of the other suspects were not available because the images were not clear enough, police said. 

Police are asking the public's help in identifying the suspect and anyone with information is asked to contact Hobart Detective Michael Gallagher at 219-942-4991 or by email at

Editor Marc Chase interviews Sofia Perez, part of the "Hoosiers We've Lost" project.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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