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Spike in Cincinnati Graffiti Costing Taxpayers Thousands
NORTHSIDE (Angela Ingram) -- Under the cover of night two suspects pull their spray cans from bags ready to vandalize a city wall.
It's the kind of video that upsets neighbors like people who live and work in Northside.
Pastor Larry Wright of Fresh Anointing Ministries Church says over the past two years vandals hit the Northside hard.
While Wright has been trying to help the neighborhood and fix up the inside of the church, he's had to call the city to help remove paint from the exterior.
He says, So we contacted them they came down, they did some cleaning up. Our people did some cleaning up and we've been doing that ever since for almost this whole entire summer.
Pastor Wright and several community councils have written letters to police and judges asking for help.
Officers downtown and in District 5, which includes Northside, have arrested nine graffiti suspects over the past two months.
Workers who remove graffiti say the city spends roughly $300,000 dollars yearly to get the spray paint off of property.
They say county wide that number goes up to about a million dollars annually.
Officers plan to ask judges for stiffer penalties for vandals.