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Vandals paint graffiti on over 20 Hillsborough homes

VALRICO — Vandals sprayed painted graffiti on garage doors of more than 20 homes Saturday night, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

The wave of graffiti seemed to have hit randomly in three subdivisions: Dominion, the Hammocks and Lakes of Valrico, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. It appears to be gang related, she said.

Renee Caudle, a member of the Lakes of Valrico Homeowners Association, said the graffiti consist of either a curse word, racial slur or swastika. The marking "2K10" was left at many houses.

Vandals also painted a few driveways and at least two vehicles' license plates or bumpers, according to board members who drove around the neighborhood Sunday morning.

A neighborhood survey showed that 14 homes on Windjammer Place, one on Landside Drive and 12 on Rudder Drive were hit. Outside the neighborhood's boundaries, about 10 more homes farther east on Rudder Drive were defaced.

Caudle, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1992, said gang markings have popped up before in Lakes of Valrico.

"But nothing like this," she said. "We have had an apparent gang come through knocking over mailboxes and spray painting on the street orange spray paint. Apparently it was some teenagers."

Detectives are investigating, Carter said.

Justin George can be reached at (813) 226-3368 or jgeorge@sptimes.com.

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