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Neighbors call recent vandal strike gang related

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

On Tuesday morning Tori woke up to find his car covered in graffiti, but he wasn't the only one. The entire neighborhood located in Uptown Columbus off 12th Avenue was hit by a rash of car vandals.

"Whoever did it they just childish, you know what I'm saying," Tori said.

Their moniker can be seen on buildings throughout the neighborhood. Police say they are familiar with this group of individuals and say there is not an organized gang problem, but still people should be vigilant.

"I don't believe they should lock themselves in their house but it's a concern we have in the community," Richards said.

Sergeant Richards works with the Special Victims Unit of the Columbus Police Department and leads officers in the Gang Resistance Education and Training or Great Program for students. He says this type of class instruction helps stop gains from forming at young ages.

"What we have is a skill-based curriculum that is teaching to the students, which helps them solve problems before they actually get into the situations that are outside of schools," Richards said.

Whether it is an organized gang or group, neighbors in this community say there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

Police have yet to arrest suspects in this recent vandal attack. If you have any information regarding this crime you are asked to call Columbus police at 706-653-3400.

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