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Stencil Tagging Hits West Springfield Neighborhood

TaggingWEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — West Springfield Police are investigating vandalism involving stencil graffiti. From homes to tents and cars to trees, vandals plastered the Overlook Drive area of West Springfield with stencil designed smiley faces last week. This man had five alone just on his property.

“I think if I saw it happening, I would have chased them and I would have chased them with a weapon,” one neighbor, who wanted to be identified only as Chooch, said.

West Springfield neighbors think the vandalism happened between two and three in the morning during steady rainfall. It appears the tagging was done using the same stencil and the same gray colored paint.

“People are not happy with what they did because some of them did it on the siding, aluminum type,” Chooch said.

Meantime during same overnight hours in East Longmeadow, penguins from the video game sly cooper were painted on town schools, also using stencils. East Longmeadow police have identified four suspects, now West Springfield Police are investigating if these 15-20 smiley faces could be connected.

“When you hear about it happening somewhere else, it doesn’t affect you at all. You could care less. But when it hits home, now it’s a different ballgame. Now your watching every night,” Chooch said.

Neighbors want vandals to know they are on high alert and hope their artistic talents will be put to a more productive use.

“Their nice, the template or whatever they made, but they should have put it to good use because either that or furthered their education in that field, painting and drawing and artist work would have been rewarding for them,” Chooch said. “There’s better ways to relieve your energy instead of going around destroying property.”

If you have any information, you are asked to call West Springfield Police.

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