Vandals break into locked lot, tag eight small-business owner’s trucks

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DENVER -- Graffiti vandals hit a fleet of trucks belonging to a small business in Denver, and the owner says it will take thousands of dollars to fix the problem.

Greg Todd said his business, Todd Expediting, has been located on East 41st Avenue in Stapleton for nearly 30 years, with very few issues with crime.

"It's a quiet neighborhood," Todd said. "We like it here."

Even though Todd has a fenced-in, locked, parking lot and a team of employees that works nearly 24 hours, someone broke in and tagged all eight of his vehicles during a two hour window overnight Saturday.

"I don't know. I'm just angry," Todd said. "I know that there's art in graffiti, and this isn't art. It's just tacky. It looks terrible. It makes my company look bad, it makes me look bad."

Todd filed a police report, but he said Denver’s program to help remove graffiti does not apply to vehicles. Because of his limited fleet, Todd said his employees will have no other option than drive the tagged vehicles for weeks until he can fix each one. And the cost doesn’t stop there.

"It'll cost thousands of dollars,” Todd said. “I have to put cameras up, I have to put lights up."

Todd said he’d love to get justice but plans to move forward regardless.

"I think they know exactly what they're doing. I don't think they have a care,” Todd said. "There's nothing I can do other than be prepared for the next time."

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