Wednesday evening, Centerville officers responded to Walmart on a shoplifting report. Two 14-year-olds, a male and a female, were allegedly caught stealing a significant number of paint spray cans, Centerville Assistant Police Chief Paul Child said.
Since Monday, Centerville Police have received several reports of graffiti at businesses and buildings owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along Pages Lane, said Child.
The buildings were "heavily tagged" with paint and markers. Child said. Founders Park on Main Street was also hit hard and required two employees working all day to clean it up, but the restroom will need to be repainted.
Additionally, a restroom at Centerville Junior High School, a home, three vehicles, and a camper-trailer were tagged with spray paint.
"The amount of damage done is in the thousands of dollars, and we are still trying to make this assessment," Child said. "The juveniles admitted to doing all of the recent graffiti in Centerville and at a school and on cars in Bountiful and possibly some graffiti in Woods Cross."
The female was recently charged by Centerville Police with criminal mischief in a separate case in a school bathroom. The juveniles allegedly told police they intended to "tag" the Walmart with the paint stolen from the store and were "marking their territory."
Upon investigation, police learned one of the recovered spray cans had possibly been stolen from the Colonial Ace Hardware store and was used in the graffiti sprayed on that business.
Anyone who has recently been victimized by graffiti in south Davis County is asked to contact their local police department.