Police investigating over 20 spray-painted properties in West Hill

A fence along 6th Avenue West was one of over 20 properties affected in a graffiti spree, which police suspect occurred around midnight on Thursday. (Jayda Noyes/Daily Herald)

Several residential and business properties in Prince Albert’s west end were hit with graffiti on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

According to a police media release, officers responded to over 20 vandalized properties.

On the sound side of 6th Avenue West, many graffitied homes read the word ‘Crip’—The Crips are a gang founded in Las Angeles in the United States, although it’s unclear if there’s any relation.

Sharon Trautmann’s home was one of them.

Several of her close neighbours have bright blue paint splattered on the sides of their homes and fences as well. One had silver spray paint.

Trautmann phoned the police on Thursday when she realized her house had been hit, and said police suspect it was simply young kids.

If this is the case, she was empathetic to any situations they’re possibly in.

“In some ways I think it’s sad that there’s kids that maybe they don’t have parents that are aware of where they are, what they’re doing or maybe they don’t care, so I actually think it’s a very sad situation that kids are out at that hour of the night,” she said.

Trautmann added crime activity is uncommon where she lives.

“It’s always been very peaceful and quiet and we’ve always felt very, very safe here,” she said.

“Hopefully it’s just something random that happened and hopefully it won’t happen again, but there’s no guarantees I guess.”

Police have released security footage of the suspects from 12:48 a.m. on Thursday morning.

The photos show two individuals, one on a bike, in a parking lot.

(Prince Albert Police Service/Submitted)
(Prince Albert Police Service/Submitted)

Anyone with information on the crime is encouraged to call the Prince Albert Police Service at 306-953-4222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.