DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A $500 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest after someone vandalized a landmark in the Oregon District overnight.
The Dayton Inspires selfie station is a popular spot to post pictures to social media sites.
Around 7 o’clock, Wednesday morning, people in the Oregon District discovered several graffiti tags. Including the one on the Dayton Inspires painting located on the side of BRIM, a local hat hot spot.
“This happens to us a couple times a year. You probably wouldn’t know because we paint it so fast. You never ever see it,” said Amelia O’Dowd, the owner of BRIM.
The graffiti is covered. But you can see faintly the damage is still there.
Oregon District businesses typically welcome art. You’ll see it on every corner. But this isn’t the type of expression people want around here.
“It’s a real bummer. It feels like someone is really disrespecting the community we are building here,” said O’Dowd.
Dayton Inspires, a group that works to highlight downtown is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Dayton Inspires says past arrests for vandalism led to community service, something the group is OK with.
“I think that if they really don’t appreciate what this stands for. Then maybe we need to give them a reason to. I think by doing a cleanup or helping us use their so called talent to better the city, that’s a lesson for them,” said Matthew Sliver, the founder of Dayton Inspires.
If you have information on the vandalism reach out to Dayton Inspires or crime stoppers at 937-222- STOP