CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Police Sgt. Bobby Eggleton said a vandal is playing a felonious game by taunting detectives with graffiti.
Someone has spray painted the word "Dice" on buildings and vehicles in an attempt at fame or recognition, Eggleton said. The vandal's work has increased after TV news outlets began publicizing the damages earlier this month.
Eggleton spoke directly to the vandal on TV and promised to drag him or her to jail along with their paint can. Now Eggleton is being targeted.
Sometime Wednesday the vandal responded with a message sprayed on a concrete wall near Florida and Madison streets on the West Side. That person directed an expletive at "Sgt. Eggelston" and then signed off, "King Dice. We above the law."
The latest vandalism was discovered hours after state Bureau of Senior Services employees came to work and found three state cars had been tagged.
Terry Hess, finance director, said three of seven Bureau vehicles had been sprayed with "Dice" while parked in the Charleston Town Center Mall garage early Wednesday morning.
Two of the vehicles would need to be repainted and another would require a new driver's side window, he said.
"It's aggravating and we hope to correct it without much expense," Hess said. "It's a waste of taxpayer dollars because that money goes to benefit seniors services and programs."
Earlier this month the same vandal tagged a Salvation Army box-style truck and abandoned homes along Wyoming and Roane Streets on the West Side, Eggleton said.
"They're being destructive and it's not funny at all," he said. "We got two investigators out right now tied up working on a graffiti case."
Those detectives so far have no leads, no witnesses and nothing else to go on, as security cameras haven't captured anything of use.
There's no evidence pointing to gang-related activity and one person appears to be at work, Eggleton said.
Eggleton doubled down on his promise to identify and arrest the vandal.
"You need to stop that," he said. "Do something productive like, go get a job."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston Police's Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.