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Vandals tag businesses, vehicles Sunday night

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By Sarah Bennett

Several Elizabethtown residents in the area of Helm Street and Terry Court woke up Monday morning to find graffiti on their vehicles, homes and businesses.

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Elizabethtown Police Department received 13 reports of criminal mischief Monday with the first coming in at 6:58 a.m. from a resident on Terry Court, according to a news release.

In addition to Terry Court, suspects also hit areas of Helm Street and West Dixie Avenue, targeting vehicles and buildings, police said. Businesses hit included Rosey Posey Florist and Dixon-Atwood & Trowbridge Funeral Home.

EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby said phrases such as “help the community” marked several walls and vehicles. There was some profanity as well, he said, and one EPD cruiser was spray painted.

“Obviously, they created some chaos for some people this morning,” Willoughby said.

Rosey Posey owner Barbara Morgan said she received a call around 8 a.m. from her granddaughter, who first spotted the graffiti on the side of the business’ building.

According to Morgan, a truck parked in front of the store was hit as well as several Kentucky Utilities vehicles in a parking lot behind the florist shop.

The owner estimated removing the graffiti would take at least two hours and require two employees, a ladder and lots of remover.

Morgan, who has owned the business for 17 years, said this is the first time the store has been marked with graffiti. However, she recalled a vandalism incident from a few years ago during which someone knocked the antlers off a wooden reindeer set up outside the shop.

She said it’s best to laugh at incidents such as this one.

“I think the kids just started Halloween early,” she said. “I don’t know.”

Willoughby said EPD has not identified any suspects.

The police department asks anyone with information about the incidents call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-597-8123.

Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips and pays out cash rewards of up to $1,000.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at 270-505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.