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Tagging spree targets east The Dalles cars

Ten residents near Dry Hollow Elementary School woke up Tuesday morning to find their vehicles had been spray-painted with dirty words and drawings.

The first word to police dispatchers came just after 6 a.m., Tuesday, when a caller reported that at least four vehicles, two of them his, had been spray painted.

The reports kept coming, and the tally reached 10.

The Dalles Police Det. Sgt. Doug Kramer said the case is under investigation and it is unknown yet if it was the work of an individual or group, or whether any of the households had security camera footage that might have caught the taggers in the act.

“We have criminal mischief sprees and we have car prowl sprees,” he said. “This happens.”

Officers either photographed the damage or got a description of what it was from vehicle owners.

One victim said their speedometer and steering wheel were painted and white powder was dumped in the driver’s seat.

Elsewhere in town, a man called police to report something “inappropriate” was spray painted on his fence.

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