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Graffiti problem plaguing Butte

By Donovan Hill, KTVM Reporter, dhill@ktvm.com
Published On: Mar 26 2013 05:54:09 PM MDT
Updated On: Mar 26 2013 06:08:36 PM MDT
Butte Grafitti
BUTTE, Mont. -

A new push by authorities is in effect throughout Butte to stop graffiti in the Mining City.

Officers are searching for vandals after someone went on a spray painting spree. NBC Montana is told the suspect even went so far as to leave racial slurs on an African American’s residence.

Police explained to NBC Montana that taggers hit the northwest part of town the hardest. That's where officers say someone spray painted the racial slurs.

Prosecutors charged 19-year-old Christian Karha with criminal mischief; Karha has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities confirmed the crime spree Karha is accused of is separate from another one in another part of town, and that people should take steps to protect themselves.

“The best thing business owners or the public in general can do is give us a call, we'll go out and photograph it and talk to the neighbors and see if they've seen anything,” said Butte Silver-Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich.

“Once our investigation is done at the house their best response would be to either wash it off, clean it up if they can, or paint over the vandalism," added Skuletich.

We spoke to one of the only Butte companies that deals with graffiti cleanup and they say it can be costly.

"It is going to depend on the materials; you know wood products, it could ruin a stain or a finish or change the color of it,” said Jessica McGee, of Kleen King.

“The same with your painting that you could remove depending on what your siding is made of it could really remove stuff like that," concluded McGee.

Officers say another way to keep out unwanted vandals is by investing in motion detecting floodlights.