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String of graffiti cases: it’s not Banksy this time

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

The Park City Police Department last week received a string of complaints about graffiti.

And, no, investigators do not believe Banksy, the famous guerilla graffiti artist, has returned a month after he left his handiwork in Park City.

Instead, the police said, the most recent cases appear to the work of a day-to-day tagger.

Rick Ryan, a police captain, said the cases resemble "typical tagging you see around."

The cases reported to the Police Department last week included:

On Saturday, Feb. 13 at 11:27 a.m., someone reported graffiti was found on the west side of a building on the 1700 block of Kearns Boulevard.

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At 11:08 a.m. that day, the police received a complaint that graffiti was discovered on the east side of a building on the 1500 block of Kearns Boulevard.

Earlier on Feb. 13, at 10:18 a.m., someone on the 1000 block of Iron Horse Drive found graffiti on the front of a building.

On Friday, Feb. 12 at 6:12 p.m., the police received a complaint of someone painting on the side of a building on the 1700 block of Sidewinder Drive. It was not clear from public police logs whether the paint was considered graffiti, but the logs labeled the case as criminal mischief, a common classification when graffiti is found.

On Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8:44 a.m., graffiti was discovered on the 1700 block of Kearns Boulevard.

On Monday, Feb. 9 at 4:37 p.m., someone reported finding graffiti on a building on the 200 block of Main Street.

The Police Department regularly receives complaints about graffiti, but spates as widespread as the one last week are rare.

"The graffiti I’ve been made aware of is more tagging graffiti. It’s not the elaborate artwork," Ryan said.

He was not sure if they are related to one another, as is the case sometimes when a number of graffiti tags are found one after the other.

The Police Department received the complaints a month after the widely publicized visit by Banksy, a renowned graffiti artist who closely guards his identity. He was in Park City to debut a Sundance Film Festival documentary.

Banksy is believed to have left five graffiti pieces in Park City. The owners of the property where at least three of them were left have protected the Banksy pieces in some fashion, with one left on the Cows building on Main Street being the most prominent of the ones remaining.

Public Works Department crews normally promptly removes graffiti when it is left on public property, but it was not clear from public police records whether the cases last week were on private property or on city-owned property.

"We’re aware of it. The officers are making sure they’re passing that information on to everybody in the department," Ryan said.

People with information about the cases may contact the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s anonymous-tip line, 615-5847.