Vandals strike two West Lafayette businesses

Police said it happened anytime between midnight and 4 a.m on Saturday. When Sparkletone Dry Cleaner Manager Kristen Dudley arrived to work she was in for a surprise.

Posted: Apr 20, 2019 9:12 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2019 11:47 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Two West Lafayette businesses were vandalized early Saturday morning. The Campus Inn Hotel and Sparkletone Dry-Cleaning were both hit with graffiti.

The letters F-A-Z-E-R were painted on both businesses walls. West Lafayette Police say right now it’s unclear what it means or who may have done it but the investigation is underway.

Police said it happened anytime between midnight and 4 a.m. When Sparkletone Dry Cleaner Manager Kristen Dudley arrived to work she was in for a surprise.

“I got here about 7:15 this morning and noticed the spray paint on the back of the building and just kind of looked around and saw the spray paint on the hotel," said Dudley.

Now Dudley and Campus Inn Hotel Manager Frank Desai are both left wondering why.

“We always have a safe environment here but this kind of incidence is obviously concerning,” said Desai.

Although an investigation has begun it doesn't stop the businesses from having to deal with the damage.

“It looks really bad,” said Dudley. “We just had the building painted last fall or spring and now we have to paint some more.”

“This is a busy weekend, it's a holy weekend, I should be more concentrated doing my business, entertaining my guests,” said Desai. “Instead, I'm spending my time fixing this problem.”

Desai said graffiti can be damaging for businesses beyond what you physically see.

“People need to understand that you're damaging somebody's business, you're damaging somebody's reputation and you are creating an unsafe environment for local businesses to survive,” said Desai.

Both Sparkletone and Campus Inn have sat in the community for more than 35-years. The managers hope neighboring businesses take this incident as an opportunity to remember to be more alert.

“Other business owners can look out for each other to figure it out, who is doing this to prevent this happening in the future,” said Desai.

Neither Campus Inn or Sparkletone have security cameras but Bruno's Pizza, which sits behind Campus Inn does. Police plan to use the possible footage to catch the suspect.

Right now, It's not clear if the cameras were able to capture the action.

This story will be updated.

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