continued Hayes was quoted in the previous Republican story as urging the perpetrator(s) to come forward, saying it would “be easier on them” if they did so rather than cause the police to expend further manpower and money in its investigation.
Village police have been investigating the graffiti for weeks and have mapped and documented every incident, Hayes said. His officers have recovered evidence, including fingerprints that are currently being run through law enforcement databases, and have leads as to the identity of the perpetrator(s).
Depending on the cost of the damage done by each graffiti incident and the work needed to remove each graffiti, charges for the crimes range anywhere from a misdemeanor to a felony. The costs of these crimes to village taxpayers has been increasing due to the extra police patrols on the streets, extra hours being worked by the police chief and police investigators and the time spent by Village Department of Public Works crews cleaning the graffiti and any resultant damage, Hayes said.
Cazenovia Mayor Kurt Wheeler said the village is "very pleased" with the "quick and efficient" work of the police in handling the case, but, as Hayes said, it is believed there are more perpetrators at large and the case remains open.
"The village isvery committed to finding all of those involved and responsible for this vandalism and bringing them to justice," Wheeler said.
Village police continue to ask community members who see anything relating to the graffiti crimes to call the village police immediately, even anonymously, at 655-3276.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.