Officers asking for help identifying man in vandalism video


News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, July 3, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- Graffiti is a pretty common thing to see, but video of the crime happening in action is not. Aiken's Department of Public Safety has video they want you to see.

The video is clear, and the crime is even clearer. It's vandalism caught on tape. The only question is who it is.

"This is probably some of the best video we've got of somebody actually vandalizing or what they call 'tagging' some property in Aiken," Capt. David Turno said.

It happened last Thursday at the Aiken Playhouse on Newberry Street. In the video, you see the individual tag three different power boxes at the back of the building. Officers say crimes like this are hard to catch because they're so quick.

"It is very common for people to do this activity, but it's uncommon to get video, and good video at that. We're hoping someone can identify him and tell us who he is," Turno said.

Turno says the rise in surveillance video is making all the difference when it comes to catching criminals "because the cost has come down and it's a great tool. We really encourage businesses and homeowners to look at the option of security systems so we can have that photographic evidence."

Jessica Hammett knows how importance surveillance video is. Last week, her store was robbed. Fifteen guns were stolen. Her surveillance video shows who did it.

"We are very glad that we have surveillance video. It's trying to help us piece together bits of the crime," Hammett said.

It's a crime she says someone needs to answer for. That's something Capt. Turno is hoping for in the vandalism case, too.

"We're lucky in this case we have some great video, and at least one person may be able to be caught and charged with a crime. It may send a message to others," he said.

If you recognizes the person in the video, call Crimestoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372). You can stay anonymous, and you could get a cash reward UP TO $1000.


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