Reward Offered in Ft. Dodge Tagging Spree

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FORT DODGE, Iowa – Fort Dodge police are requesting the public’s help to identify a suspect in a rash of tagging incidents.

Police say on September 17, a culprit caused damage to several buildings using spray paint along 1st Ave N from the 700 block to the 2000 block. The suspect commonly spray painted the word "Zarro" onto buildings while also spray painting phrases like "you're beautiful" and "sorry for painting on your wall."

A local business gave police security video of a suspect. The white teen is thought to be in his late teens to early 20s, has dark hair and possibly wears glasses. In the video, police say the suspect is seen walking away from a building then placing a note on the business owners car, bragging about his vandalism.

Business owner, David Madsen's, building was tagged with a giant smiley face. He says the incidents are especially frustrating as the city works to enhance the downtown's image by renovating streets and store fronts.

"We're all trying to make it a little bit nicer. It's too bad people have to come through and deface personal property of people so if you did this and feel bad about it, fix it. Fix it for all of us."

Webster County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. They can be reached at (515) 573-1444.

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