MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Marquette Police are investigating an increase in graffiti seen around the city. Police say since December they have seen a significant spike in the amount of graffiti in the city of Marquette.
"Some of the graffiti that we're seeing has illicit type of material in it, whether it be slurs or certain acronyms that constitute bad language or lewd pictures," said Detective Sergeant Mike Archocosky.
Graffiti has been popping up on businesses, street signs, power boxes, and other locations. They believe most of the instances are occurring overnight and that the cold isn't doing anything to deter these criminals.
"They may be going out when it's 16 below, they could be going out when it's 32 above, we just haven't pinpointed a certain weather element that draws them outside," said Archocosky.
If you're the one committing these acts of graffiti on buildings or power boxes, Marquette City Police has a simple message for you.
Archocosky says, "Stop it. It's not art, it doesn't look good for our community. There’s probably a place for it in somebody's notebook or a gallery, but not on the city utilities or businesses or homes where they don't have permission to do it."
City officials are concerned about the negative effect graffiti has on the community and its reputation.
Marquette mayor Fred Stonehouse said, "Someone who puts up graffiti is really stealing from each and every one of us. It’s a huge public problem and it really speaks very poorly to those folks that are the graffiti people and the disrespect they show not only to their fellow citizens, but private property and public property."
Those caught could be facing charges, starting with a 93-day misdemeanor.
"Destruction upwards of $10,000 could be a felony, upwards of $20,000, a higher felony," said Archocosky.
If you have information about people involved with the graffiti, contact the Marquette Police department at 906-228-0400 and ask to speak with Detective Sergeant Archocosky. You can also send a private Facebook message to the department.
Marquette police are investigating an increase in graffiti popping up around the city.
The department posted pictures Thursday morning on Facebook of graffiti on road signs and tunnels.
Investigators are asking for help in identifying whoever is responsible for graffiti and defacing public utilities around the Marquette area.
If you have information about people involved with the graffiti, contact the Marquette Police Department at 906-228-0400 and ask to speak with Detective Sergeant Archocosky. You can also send a private Facebook message to the department.