Police searching for Punta Gorda graffiti suspect

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The Punta Gorda Police Department is looking for a graffiti suspect who has been tagging dozens of items across the city for weeks. According to the police department, the suspect has been using spray paint or paint markers to tag items, “BESH.” Urban Dictionary reports the term is slang for an e-cigarette or vaping device. “We really don’t have an idea exactly of what he’s trying to say by this tag but really what he’s trying to say isn’t important to us. What’s important is we stop this,” Eric Burris said, administrative services supervisor at PGPD. “The Chief has made it really clear that this is a priority to try to locate this person.”Video surveillance footage from Ace Hardware shows the person tagging the store’s dumpster with a white paint marker. The man also hit the abandoned PG Waterfront Hotel, numerous street signs and even a fence near Shorepoint Punta Gorda. “If it’s street art, why don’t you make yourself a real artist and get started on a mural someplace?” Bob Ricker said. “We’re known for the murals — that’s art and beauty. This is junk, yeah, just defacing public property.” Police said the suspect appears to ride on a skateboard or possibly a Razor-type scooter.If you have any information regarding these incidents or the possible identity of the person pictured, please contact P.G.P.D. at 941-575-5522 or abeltran@cityofpuntagordafl.com.

The Punta Gorda Police Department is looking for a graffiti suspect who has been tagging dozens of items across the city for weeks.

According to the police department, the suspect has been using spray paint or paint markers to tag items, “BESH.” Urban Dictionary reports the term is slang for an e-cigarette or vaping device.

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“We really don’t have an idea exactly of what he’s trying to say by this tag but really what he’s trying to say isn’t important to us. What’s important is we stop this,” Eric Burris said, administrative services supervisor at PGPD. “The Chief has made it really clear that this is a priority to try to locate this person.”

Video surveillance footage from Ace Hardware shows the person tagging the store’s dumpster with a white paint marker. The man also hit the abandoned PG Waterfront Hotel, numerous street signs and even a fence near Shorepoint Punta Gorda.

“If it’s street art, why don’t you make yourself a real artist and get started on a mural someplace?” Bob Ricker said. “We’re known for the murals — that’s art and beauty. This is junk, yeah, just defacing public property.”

Police said the suspect appears to ride on a skateboard or possibly a Razor-type scooter.

If you have any information regarding these incidents or the possible identity of the person pictured, please contact P.G.P.D. at 941-575-5522 or abeltran@cityofpuntagordafl.com.

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