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Vandal destroys more downtown St. Petersburg parking meters

Mayor Rick Kriseman had a message to the vandal after latest strike: “We will find you”
Photographs of downtown St. Petersburg parking meters along Central Avenue that were vandalized with foam sealant. The photo on the left is from the city, the photo on the right was sent to the Tampa Bay Times.
Photographs of downtown St. Petersburg parking meters along Central Avenue that were vandalized with foam sealant. The photo on the left is from the city, the photo on the right was sent to the Tampa Bay Times. [ Times ]
Published Nov. 6, 2019
Updated Nov. 7, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — The parking meter vandals have struck again in downtown St. Petersburg.

The latest attack came Tuesday night, with 21 meters being damaged along the 100 block of Beach Drive NE and Bayshore Drive in downtown, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

The vandalism is the third strike in two weeks.

Related: Related: Who targeted St. Petersburg’s downtown parking meters?

Whoever is causing the damage used spray foam sealant to clog the meter’s coin and credit card slots. In doing so, police say, they’ve inflicted thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted a message to the potential vandal or vandals on Wednesday: “We will find you. We will prosecute you.”

Police say investigators are canvassing the area for video.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at (727) 893-7780.