ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It wasn’t the first time that vandals left their mark on Cervantes Restaurant in Southeast Albuquerque, but on the morning of March 25 this year, it was a big one.
“They tagged the entrance into the restaurant,” said Iris Metzgar, Cervantes Restaurant owner. “It’s like, bam, there you go, it’s ugly you know and people are coming in for lunch that day and it’s just ugly.”
It wasn’t just an ugly experience, but an expensive one as well. Metzgar said even though City of Albuquerque graffiti crews came out to clean up the vandalism, the damage was so extensive it will still need over $2,000 to fix.
The reason for this is because the vandals sprayed over stucco and brick walls, that makes it much harder to completely remove the spray paint.
Surveillance cameras captured the vandals in the act, but there still aren’t any leads as to who was responsible for the graffiti.
The City of Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Department said for them to come out and address all these graffiti locations, each starts out at a cost of $28 to clean. That cost falls back on revenue generated from taxpayers.