'Feral' graffiti vandal caught on Quarter surveillance cam
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A vandal marked his way through the French Quarter and left property owners to pick up the tab.
Video surveillance caught a man staining buildings with his trademark "FERAL" tag early Saturday morning on Dumaine Street. The video shows the man scarring the side of a building owned by French Quarter Task Force Manager Bob Simms.
"We have lots of security cameras in the Quarter. If you come to the Quarter and do criminal things, you're going to be found somewhere on camera," Simms said.
Simms admitted the vandalism is minor compared to some of the crime recently in the French Quarter, but with block after block showing the scars of Feral's work, property owners are angry.
One of the markings on St. Phillip Street is more than 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide.
"It's a big expense for the upkeep of a French Quarter property," Vieux Carre Graffiti Abatement Committee's Vincent Marcello said.
Building owners have 30 days to cover or clean the graffiti or the City of New Orleans will cite them, according to Marcello.
Marcello believes "Feral" is marked on about 50 buildings in the Quarter.
"They're just taggers. Anyone can just spray their name on a wall - that doesn't make them a graffiti artists. They are not artists by any stretch of the imagination," Marcello said.
New Orleans police are actively looking for the man in the video. If you know who he is, contact police.
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