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Police investigate series of vandalism incidents

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(Source: City of Owosso) (Source: City of Owosso)
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OWOSSO, MI (WNEM) -

Police are investigating a series of vandalism incidents in downtown Owosso.

The vandalism happened to businesses and landmarks over the weekend, the city said.

Some of the incidents included spray painting area schools and businesses.

"A little bit of anger. We all work really hard in town here to make Owosso a better place to live," said Jeff Deason, president of the chamber of commerce.

Vandals spray painted the construction trailer outside of the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"There was some graffiti of marijuana signs and some racial slurs," Deason said.

Owosso Public Safety Chief Kevin Lenkhart said several areas in the city were hit by vandals over the weekend.

"The graffiti consisted out foul spray painting on school buildings, businesses and area residences all within a four block area," Lenkhart said.

The vandalism has been cleaned up, but the frustration for business owners still lingers.

"It's not easy to get graffiti off a building. It takes hard work and effort. And people come into work Monday morning and that's the last thing they wanna do," Deason said.

As for who's responsible, Lenkhart said the search for the suspects is underway.

"We have received some very good tips in the last few hours since our Facebook post. We're actively investigating it," Lenkhart said.

Deason said he wants those involved in the vandalism to realize they're not only damaging others property, but their own city too.

"Hey, you live in this town. We're trying to be a better community. And by damaging the buildings, you're damaging your own home," Deason said.

If you have any information in regards to these incidents you are asked to call Owosso Public Safety at 989-725-0580.

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