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8-feet-high graffiti scrawled all over Cochrane shopping center

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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:43 pm

A north Morgan Hill shopping center suffered costly damage to a graffiti spree over the weekend, police said.

Sometime Friday night a suspect or suspects tagged numerous buildings at the Cochrane Commons shopping center, on the northeast side of the U.S. 101 interchange with Cochrane Road, according to Morgan Hill police Sgt. Troy Hoefling.

Specifically, at least two large retail and restaurant buildings closest to Cochrane Road within the center were tagged with spray-painted black and red lettering reaching up to 8 feet high.

None of the graffiti appeared to be gang-related, Hoefling said.

Officers finished documenting the vandalism by Saturday evening, Hoefling added.

The property damage inflicted by the tagger or taggers will likely reach “several thousands of dollars’ worth,” he said.

No suspects have been identified in relation to the graffiti spree.

On Tuesday morning, a painting crew was at the shopping center painting over the tags.

“Our typical response time is immediate,” said the shopping center’s property manager, who did not want his name to appear in print.

The property manager said the owner of the property will likely end up absorbing all the costs of covering up and repairing the vandalism. Insurance coverage is unlikely to pay for any of the damages.

Anyone with information about the crime may contact Morgan Hill police at (408) 779-2101.

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  • thermopylae posted at 7:56 am on Sun, Sep 16, 2012.

    thermopylae Posts: 41

    As the gangs and gang supporters say. "We own the street".

    There is going to be a lot more of this in the next few years. People know when they have found a safe haven.

  • Rudolph23 posted at 8:39 pm on Fri, Sep 14, 2012.

    Rudolph23 Posts: 6

    They could have been drifters. It's hard to say but hopefully people are looking into it. It would be a shame to let this go, or the live oak tag. Could be the same kids. It's clearly felonious what they did, and at least cameras would have put their images on the local wanted posters. It's sickening to see that happen anywhere, let alone a sleepy town like ours.

  • hypocrisyhater posted at 8:26 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    hypocrisyhater Posts: 234

    Bear traps

    A cost-effective solution in these trying financial times.

  • ggilmour posted at 7:16 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    ggilmour Posts: 2

    How about putting some cameras on the back of those buildings. probably no more expensive than having to repaint.

  • raddler posted at 7:53 pm on Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

    raddler Posts: 97

    No security patrolling?

  • sdw posted at 8:28 pm on Tue, Sep 11, 2012.

    sdw Posts: 20

    I am thinking some outdoor video cameras must have caught them in the act.
    If not, I would suggest buying some more video cameras!

  • sharks posted at 5:52 pm on Tue, Sep 11, 2012.

    sharks Posts: 11

    Cut there parents hand off .

  • Dave McRae posted at 5:26 pm on Tue, Sep 11, 2012.

    Dave McRae Posts: 72

    If you're short on time, just paint a line through the tag like you're crossing it out. That's street slang for a "fight" for the turf. You're saying, "No, this isn't yours and I crossed you out."

    Oh, they'll be back for that one. Trust me! HA!

  • Dave McRae posted at 5:25 pm on Tue, Sep 11, 2012.

    Dave McRae Posts: 72

    Graffitti vandals are easy to catch actually. And, shockingly, there's only a handful in each city doing ALL the damage! There are probably 10 people total tagging between Gilroy and Morgan Hill. The problem is that the courts are too backed up and cannot hear these cases. Even if you arrest the taggers, they will not go to trial until they have at least 3 charges against them. The line is too long to get a trial to prosecute every one.

    I got that directly from the DA in San Jose court when I showed up at a trial of a tagger I had helped catch.

    But it's a gang-turf issue. Simple to catch. Paint over the graffitti. They will return to tag again. ot the time they return, paint over it again, and this time stake out the site and arrest them when they show up.

    Works every time. They simply MUST claim their turf for pride, it's the rule of the street. Use that to catch them.

  • presydent posted at 5:18 pm on Tue, Sep 11, 2012.

    presydent Posts: 1

    All too many of us accept unsightly damage to property (a.k.a., graffiti) as normal and believe that nothing can be done about it which only encourages more and more of the same; whereas we can catch and prosecute the culprits and force them or their parents to pay for the required repairs. If we all look the other way and do not report those that are committing these crimes against property and business owners it will only get worse! Our police resources are stretched thin, therefore the public MUST support our police in every way we can by reporting violations big and small.