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Tiger Marts becoming Target for Graffiti

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Yakima, WA -    Abandoned gas stations in Yakima are becoming a target for graffiti.

The last time a Tiger Mart pumped any gas, it cost a $1.57 per gallon.  That was about seven years ago.

There are four abandoned storefronts within the city.  Just last month, Taggers hit the Tiger Mart on Nob Hill Blvd and 24th Ave.   A neighboring building also got hit.  The graffiti on the Tiger Mart is still there.  The other building has been cleaned up.

One local business owner says the Tiger Mart is responsible for the graffiti problem in the area.

"Definitely," says Jason Graham, owner of the Beer Shoppe, "Nobody's there ever."

A rep from the city says it's not sure when the property will get sold.

The owner is in a battle with the Department of Ecology over cleanup costs.

Yakima Police say it's a hot spot for graffiti because the building is empty and it's harder to get caught. 

Taggers also like to go there because the intersection is busy and their graffiti can be seen.