20 businesses hit, graffiti vandals caught in the act

Two teens were found by Cadillac police next to a spray painted wall early Tuesday morning.

Nearly 20 Cadillac businesses have recently been marked with graffiti, including a gas station where two people were found by police next to a spray painted wall early Tuesday morning.

Businesses are relieved to hear officers found the people responsible.

â??I figure kids being bored and nothing else to do. It's just too bad that they don't have anything constructive to do,â?? said Tim Coon, Save A Lot Cadillac Assistant Manager.

About 20 different locations across the city are covered with images of rap lyrics and obscene images.

It's something police haven't seen recently.

â??We used to have a lot of problems like this. It's been quite a while. We were effective in making arrests several years ago and really it's just sort of faded away,â?? said Cadillac Police Department Detective/Lieutenant Todd Golnick.

The graffiti problem showed up again early Tuesday morning when a Cadillac police officer spotted two teens behind the south Shell gas station on South Mitchell Street.

The officer found a 17-year-old and 15-year-old boy at the station with freshly painted graffiti on the wall nearby.

The teens ended up confessing to spray painting the building.

â??Overall there's no purpose other than just to be obnoxious.â??

Cadillac police say they believe these two suspects are responsible for all the graffiti found recently across the city.

â??These kinds of crimes are kind of upsetting to the people in the community who have to see it; certainly to the business owners who have to deal with it.â??

Those businesses are relieved to hear police found those responsible, although this is not the first time theyâ??ve been hit.

â??We've had a few times where they've tried to break in to the side doors and just general vandalism... it's more of a nuisance than anything else,â?? said Coon.

The 17-year-old was arrested and taken to the Wexford County Jail. The 15-year-old was turned over to his parents and will be prosecuted in probate court.

Cadillac police say most of the vandalism was found by officers as they were responding to other reports of graffiti.