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Gang graffiti mars downtown Turlock businesses

The Turlock Police Department is looking for the person or persons responsible for gang graffiti left on several businesses in downtown Turlock.

The graffiti tags were spray painted Saturday night and discovered Sunday morning at four businesses and at Central Park. The businesses were: P & F Metals at 301 S. Broadway; Cal Neva at 311 S. First Street; Bank of Stockton at 134 S. Golden State Boulevard; and Main Street Antiques at 208 E. Main Street.

“While the graffiti had MS-13 connections, it is unknown if the person(s) responsible are actually MS-13 gang members or just someone tagging that for attention or some other reason,” said Turlock Police Department spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman. “Turlock has no documented MS-13 gang members.”

The police department is looking to see if any downtown businesses caught the suspect(s) on surveillance cameras.

The damage caused by the graffiti was estimated at $2,000, Holeman said.