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Vulgar messages painted on Cape high schools

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 11:07:00-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Investigators are trying to track down whoever is responsible for vandalizing two Cape high schools over the holiday weekend.

Similar-styled spray-painted vandalism was discovered on exterior walls of Ida S. Baker High and Cape Coral High on Monday.  The graffiti offers support for marijuana legalization, and quotes an internet meme remembering the gorilla Harambe.

Damages at the school are estimated to be about $500 each.

Authorities are taking these crimes seriously.  “The suspects in each of these instances are most likely teenagers, who may have been under the impression that it was just a joke,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “But what may have seemed like fun or a good idea at the time is actually a crime, and due to the extent of the damage at both schools, the individuals involved may now potentially be charged with a felony crime.”

Anyone with information on the suspects responsible for the vandalism at the two Cape schools is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com.