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Three Lawton businesses vandalized

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Lawton_Three business owners are dealing with thousands of dollars in damage after they found graffiti on their walls.

Police still don't know exactly when it happened, but they know it was sometime over the weekend, since the owners found the damage Monday morning.  The businesses are all in an area near Lee Boulevard and SW 2nd Street, including Lewis' Auction house.

"I just don't know what a person would get out of vandalizing somebody else's property," said the owner, George Lewis. "There was nothing for him to gain. If he wanted to put a big billboard up with that, and wrote on there, I would have let him do that. Just don't paint on the building or the cars."

The businesses hit were the Rising Star Masonic Lodge on Southwest McKinley Avenue, a strip mall off of Lee Boulevard, and Lewis' Auction House. Several cars in that parking lot were also spray painted.

And the trouble doesn't end with finding who did it.

"You can't take it off that building without ruining the side of the building. And you can't take it off this car without ruining the side of the car. So it's a pretty expensive vandalism."

At this time, no one is in custody and no arrests have been made, but Police Captain Craig Akard does have a lead.

"It appears that there are some derogatory writings towards gangs, so therefore, it is most likely gang-related graffiti," Capt. Akard said.

All is not lost, however. Security cameras outside of the Masonic Lodge were rolling and while nothing definitive has come yet, Lewis speaks on behalf of all those affected.

"I just hope they get enough of a description from that surveillance camera. Maybe at least he'll have time to think if he goes to jail."

The vandalism is still under investigation. Lewis estimates he will be out thousands of dollars repairing the damaged building and cars.

If you have any information concerning this string of vandalism, please contact Crimestoppers at 355-INFO.

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