TURLOCK — Quite a lot of companies in downtown Turlock have been struck by vandals over the weekend.
“It was just such, like, destruction and just the mass quantity of it was just virtually overwhelming,” Foremost Road Antiques co-owner Jennifer Jensen stated.
Taggers had coated Jensen’s store with graffiti.
“Our entire front windows have been painted, the brick, the paint, timber, benches, rubbish cans, every thing,” she informed FOX40. “I needed to cry. It was sickening, after which type of immediately I sort of I figured this wasn’t a homeless factor. This appears like gang-associated, sadly.”
The Turlock Police Division confirmed to FOX40 that a few of the graffiti referenced the MS-13 gang, however there are not any recognized members of that gang within the city. Police say it is unknown if the individual or individuals responsible are literally a part of that gang or if they only used the tag for attention or some other purpose.
“It is sort of the first time it is occurred and it wasn’t simply remoted to us. It was a number of different streets close to us, and so I am hoping it is a one-time factor,” Jensen stated.
P&F Metals, Cal Neva, Bank of Stockton and Central Park have been also hit.
A lot of the graffiti had been cleaned up by Monday afternoon.
“Our fundamental aim was to get it off as quickly as attainable as a result of we don’t want that picture downtown as a result of our downtown is nice,” Jensen stated.
Jensen says the vandalism won’t be tolerated by business house owners.
“We cannot allow you to win,” she stated. “We will hold it nice and clean and shiny down here, so go elsewhere or do not do it at all.”