Snyderville Basin graffiti linked to gang
Markings represent the gang Florencia 13
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating graffiti found on a garage in a Snyderville Basin neighborhood that is suspected to be linked to a California gang.
Saturday, Dec. 10, the Sheriff’s Office received a report about graffiti on the north side of a garage in the Pine Creek Condos near the Pinebrook neighborhood. According to the report, the garage is visible from the parking lot of the Elk Meadows Apartments.
The graffiti, which read “Florencia 13,” was determined to represent the Florencia 13 gang, according to the report. There are currently no suspects in the case.
Kacey Bates, a detective, said it is not believed that the suspect lives in the Elk Meadows Apartments, adding “any person can go anywhere and place graffiti at any given location.”
“We are looking into the fact that it could be someone in that area, but we are not ruling it out that it could be a visitor,” Bates said. “Park City, in general, isn’t known for having gangs so when signs show up like that we like to be very proactive in getting information and knowing what type of gang members are in our area.”
The Sheriff’s Office has not investigated any other incidents or graffiti markings related to the Florencia 13 gang.
“On simple graffiti and tagging alone, it does not indicate that we have a presence of that gang in the area,” Bates said. “There are a lot of factors that go into determining whether a gang influence is in the area and what kind.”
– Angelique McNaughton
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