TULAROSA N.M.(KRQE) – A vandal with a can of spray paint went after a police officer’s patrol car in Tularosa.
“Corrupt”, “profit police” and “slave” are some of the words that were spray painted onto the Tularosa police car.
“The vandals put some hurtful words targeting the department or law enforcement in general on that car,” said Tularosa Police Chief Chuck Wood.
The car was towed to a local body shop Wednesday afternoon after an accident with a drunk driver. When employees got to the shop Thursday morning, they found it covered in graffiti.
The car was sitting in an open parking lot outside the body shop creating easy access to the car for the vandal. Now the Tularosa Police Department is left with a tough clean-up job. They have get new decals to replace the ones the vandals spray painted over.
“The tax payers in this community suffer. We have to pay to repair that vehicle and restore it to operating condition,” said Wood.
Residents of Tularosa say they are sad to see this type of behavior in their quiet village.
“That’s a shame. This is a nice community, there doing things like that, it’s just hard to think of something like that happening here,” said Ramon Duran who has lived in Tularosa his whole life.
“It’s a bunch of juvenile delinquents not making a point at all,” said Shawnna Prudencio, a mother of two, raising her children in Tularosa.
While everyone News 13 talked to today was appalled by the damage to the police car, others took to social media to applaud the vandals for the statement they made.