By KATIE SCHWENDEMAN
COLUMBIANA - A city business keeps getting tagged, but this isn't a game of tag you're it.
This vandalism can be seen along the south side of the Columbiana Boiler business on West Railroad Street. Police are investigating and believe a juvenile or group of juveniles are responsible. (Salem News photo by Katie Schwendeman)
On Thursday, a Columbiana Boiler employee reported finding more graffiti on the south side of the building near the train tracks.
The new vandalism is similar to the graffiti reported there last week and still under investigation by city police. Chief Tim Gladis believes it could be traced back to at least one person they are suspecting as responsible, although that remains to be confirmed.
The graffiti appears to have been done with black marker, although some spray paint was used before.
Whoever is doing the vandalism appears to be leaving messages for at least one other person, or a group of people, with messages saying, "Hit us up more people the better," and others saying "This is my turf," and "End the beef."
The police department believes juveniles are responsible, and Gladis said he doesn't necessarily believe the business was targeted for a reason, but that the area seems to be a place where kids hang out because of its secluded location.
The south side of the building runs parallel to four sets of train tracks and cannot be accessed by vehicle traffic.
Gladis said company employees were able to get some of the prior vandalism scrubbed away from the building, but a lot more can still be seen, not only along the south wall but two other walls and a door on the west side of the building.
At least one tag was also visible on one rail of the nearest train track. "Zero" was written in black.
Columbiana Boiler is located at 200 W. Railroad St. On Wednesday, another West Railroad Street business reported finding graffiti on its building.
An employee called police at 8:12 a.m. after finding black markings with messages - including an inappropriate one geared toward police - on the building.
When asked, a police dispatcher said none of the markings included the tags found at Columbiana Boiler, which were "Spazz" and "Zero."
The vandalism was located on a cooling tower and chilling tank, according to the report.
Someone else reported on Wednesday that a stop sign at Pittsburgh and Elm Street was vandalized. According to that report, "Done Believin" was written in black.
The cases remain under investigation and charges are expected to be filed on whomever is found responsible, Gladis has said.
According to the department's monthly activity report for April, police investigated four cases of vandalism that month.