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Police: Suspected gang members targeted law enforcement vehicles, fences in Spanish Fork

Apr 27, 2018, 10:05 PM | Updated: Apr 28, 2018, 1:15 am

SPANISH FORK, Utah – Residents in Spanish Fork awoke Friday morning to a disturbing discovery: graffiti and vandalism scattered throughout the city.

“It’s rare that we see this in Spanish Fork,” said Sgt. Chris Sheriff with the Spanish Fork Police Department.

Police say sometime before 5 a.m. on Friday, suspected gang members started the spraying spree.

“An individual called and said they’d seen a male tagging a fence,” Sgt. Sheriff said. “We believe that there are at least two males.”

Vandals hit the local Kmart, along with residential fences in four different areas of town, and specific vehicles.

“There were three police vehicles, two Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy’s patrol vehicles and one Spanish Fork (patrol vehicle).”

An unsettling thought for those committed to protecting and serving their community. However, on Friday, community members stepped in to help. They donated their time and equipment to power wash and scrub graffiti from affected areas.

Although police say crimes like the one that took place Friday are uncommon in Spanish Fork, the sight of people working to make it right is not.

Investigators are now looking at surveillance video from some of the areas to try and find those responsible.

“If you see any kind of activity that just doesn’t feel right, go with your gut feeling and give us a call,” Sgt. Sheriff said.

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Police: Suspected gang members targeted law enforcement vehicles, fences in Spanish Fork