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Published April 20, 2012, 10:24 PM

Fergus Falls authorities catch up with graffiti suspects

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - It is a sigh of relief for Fergus Falls business owners. Two men suspected of causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage in graffiti were caught in the act this week.

It is a sigh of relief for Fergus Falls business owners. Two men suspected of causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage in graffiti were caught in the act this week.

From the rooftops of downtown buildings to rail cars to the Broken Down Dam, the tag names "create" and "verb" are spray-painted everywhere.

Lisa Paradise – City Bakery & Coffee Shop Owner: "It's disrespectful."

Lisa Paradise owns City Bakery and Coffee Shop. The air handler unit above her shop and the side of an adjacent building were spray painted.

Lisa Paradise: "We work very long hours for very little money and to have someone willy-nilly tag something that's now gonna cost us money to remove or repair means it's money coming out of our pockets."

Police say the suspects behind the spray cans are 23 year-old Zachary Karels and 20 year-old Samuel Busko. They're suspected of tagging at least 13 properties over the last year and a half.

The suspects were apprehended here at Broken Down Dam after a citizen tipped off police. At the time they were spray painting the bottom of the dam and it looks like and it looks like they used a log to get to the base.

Sgt. Bruce Kolle – Fergus Falls Police: “One actually continued to spray paint after he was yelled at to quit.”

The men face felony charges of criminal damage to property, not to mention restitution. To sandblast paint off the dam alone will cost an estimated six to ten thousand dollars.

Kevin Peterson – Ben Franklin Crafts Owner: “I think they should make them clean up the materials as best as they can, provide them with the materials to take that off if they can.”

Kevin Peterson owns Ben Franklin Crafts in the City Center Mall. The back of the mall was one of the places hit.

Kevin Peterson: “Just like vandalism, same thing, wrecking things, breaking things it just gives your city a bad look when you have a lot of that stuff around."

It’s stuff that'll be expensive to get off.

Police have not yet arrested the men. They say Busko admitted to doing some of the graffiti and implicated Karels.

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