Spartanburg Police volunteer to clean downtown graffiti

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Artists have painted murals in downtown Spartanburg for years, but community members say unwanted art has become a problem.

Officers spent the day cleaning graffiti off vacant buildings.

Now, a restaurant owner is offering a special incentive for tips leading to the bad guys.

Thursday, a couple of Spartanburg Police Officers were seen cleaning the graffiti off of vacant buildings in town.

Officials say after all of the time and effort that’s been invested in downtown Spartanburg making it a cleaner place, graffiti is the last thing they need popping up.

“We try to get people down here, we would like it to be beautiful when they come down here, because we know if we have a clean city, we have a successful city,” says Sgt. Lee Raines, Spartanburg Police Department.

To help keep Spartanburg clean, William Cribb says he’s offering a special reward at his restaurant Cribb’s Kitchen for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

“There’s a lot of great artists that work with our city to do murals and to do even graffiti type of art, that all the rest of the graffiti is kind of nonsense,” says Cribb.

Officials want anyone with information to call the Spartanburg Police Department.

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