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Business owner tries to stop graffiti with a job offer

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

An Orlando business owner says he's fed up with graffiti on the outside of his wall covering business.  He is one of several business owners seeing a recent wave of graffiti on East Colonial Drive.
 
"So what was your first impression when you saw this out here? Somebody's a pretty talented person.And how come someone didn't see them doing that, while it was going up?" As the owner of a wall covering business, David Poe says he has an artistic eye.

Wen he discovered graffiti on the back of his business he thought, "Why aren't you doing that professionally instead of going to some person's property and vandalizing? I mean that person is a talented person and they should come forth and get on the right track. "

So, David decided to post a message to the person who wrote on his wall. "Asking him to come forward and let me know. We have people every day that want murals painted and this person who did this one could make a living doing that if he just came forward and took care of business."

He's wants the colorful culprit to stop. "It's terrible, because everybody know's when graffiti starts other things come behind it." David says someone also shot into his store windows, "Appears to me to be BB shots. Obviously someone driving down the highway with nothing else to do but to shoot windows out."

According to Orlando Police vandals his 7 other businesses along East Colonial since the beginning of the year. David says, "What we do is just paint over it and if you look at my building you can see how man times its been hit."

David says it will cost him more than a thousand dollars to replace his windows and paint over the graffiti, "We'd like to see more patrols going around the stores and catching this. We just don't understand how they can do it and get away with it all the time."

No one from the Orlando Police Department was available to talk on camera, but a department spokesperson says officers will contact David Poe and work with him regarding his concerns.

Meanwhile David has a message for the uninvited artist, "Don't vandalize, when this happens to the building you have three days later and the code enforcement people are here and I'm the one that gets a fine if I don't get it off the building."

Anyone with information about the vandals is asked to call the Orlando Police Department.

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