Vandals hit quiet Fort Collins neighborhood with spray paint

Vandals spray painted a boat in Fort Collins. July 10, 2012

Vandals spray painted a boat in Fort Collins. July 10, 2012

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The words painted on over 20 cars in a neighborhood in Fort Collins are as shocking as they are vulgar. The crimes happened overnight between the hours of 9 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Neighbors are in disbelief.

“It’s a quiet street. It’s heaven on earth literally,” said Mark Doty. Vandals sprayed the word “grape” on his car, though he has no idea what it means.

On a car bequeathed to a grandson by his grandmother, vandals sprayed curse words and zig-zags.

In all, more than 20 residents on four streets in quaint Olde Town Fort Collins woke up to police at their door.

“(The officer) told me here’s the case number. We’re already on this. if you have any information let me know. Happy scrubbing,” said Doty.

Some concerned neighbors left handwritten notes on the damaged cars telling people to try to magic eraser to remove the paint which seemed to work.

“I think it’s made for kitchen and sinks, but they have a new market now,” Doty said. He and others spent hours trying to get the paint off their cars and other property.

The vandals also sprayed boats and garage doors.

“More than anything it was just frustrating to come outside and see that either your property or your home has been disrespected and violated,” said one victim.

Police say they have no suspects. Anyone with information should contact Fort Collins police.

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