North Auburn neighborhood hit by $15,000 spray-paint attack

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A North Auburn neighborhood has been hit by a spray-paint armed vandal who caused an estimated $15,000 damage.

Silver paint was sprayed on four different buildings in the Quartz Drive area of the Auburn Greens II neighborhood, a bus stop and a black Chevrolet pickup, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The damage at all locations was an estimated $15,000 and an investigation is continuing into  vandalism suspected to be the work of juveniles, sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin said.

Also hit by the scrawl was an alley behind Park Drive, Erwin said.

Neil Lohner, a resident in the neighborhood where the vandalism took place, said the tagging attack took place overnight between Monday and Tuesday last week and resident woke up to silver paint sprayed on the vehicle as well as several fourplex units.

“I don’t like it,” Lohner said. “It’s nonsense. They’re just broadcasting being there.”

Lohner said the lettering in the attack included swear-words and paint was also sprayed on a tree and the roadway. Several units were hit but had since been overpainted, he said.

Erwin said the Sheriff’s Office wouldn’t confirm if any gang graffiti was part of the spray attack. Lohner said he wasn’t able to tell if gang markings were made.