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All graffiti isn't gang related but it is all still a crime

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Graffiti can be found all over cities: on buildings, train cars or even street signs.

A stop sign behind Shopko in Walla Walla has "don't" and "believin'" written on it. An obvious reference to a popular Journey song.

While that one is most likely not gang related, police say rather than "a train goin' anywhere," tagging public property can be a ticket to jail. Graffiti of any kinds is considered a crime.

"Whether it's gang graffiti or just smart aleck messages that people deface stop signs with, it's still criminal mischief. It's against the law, you could be arrested, pay restitution, serve time in jail - everything that goes along with a misdemeanor arrest apply to defacing a stop sign," said Walla Walla Police Officer Tim Bennett.

Despite the fact that defacing public property is indeed a crime, it appears more people are leaving more positive messages. 

Something to "stop" and think about.

 

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