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Graffiti in Arlington, White Settlement being investigated

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Arlington and White Settlement are about 30 miles apart, but police in both areas believe they may be looking for the same suspect who sprayed graffiti across a couple of neighborhoods.

Earlier this week, Arlington was the first to talk about its graffiti incidents on fences, garage doors and even cars that were tagged. On Friday, White Settlement police confirmed someone there has sprayed similar messages in their city.

Arlington’s Code Enforcement got the cleanup call to take care of about 10 spots sprayed with graffiti this week.

Police aren't sure if it's teenagers acting out, or someone with true criminal intent.

“Still too early to tell if it’s really going to be gang related or not,” said Lt. Christopher Cook with the Arlington Police Department. “We really won’t make that determination until we get someone in custody to see if they have ties to gang affiliation or not.”

Arlington resident Toby Alexander says his neighbors look out for each other, and they're bothered by the crime spree. They hope gang members looking for new turf aren’t responsible.

“A lot of financial damage, ‘cause they did tag cars, as well as fences and schools,” said Alexander. “And a lot of property damage, so, you know, I think they should be prosecuted by the full extent of the law.”

The investigation is expanding after Arlington police learned that similar graffiti was found at several locations in White Settlement on Monday and Tuesday -- the same days as Arlington.

“Our detectives are working with the White Settlement Police Department at this point to see if they’re related,” said Lt. Cook. “White Settlement’s obviously about 30 miles away, but it is possible that someone may have ties to both areas.”

Graffiti isn't something to be taken lightly. It's a felony in Texas to spray paint someone else’s property.

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