Well done new hampshire juggalos someone with any knowledge call the police and lets get this criminal taken off the streets .
An apparent juggalo serial graffiti artist — or maybe more than one — has vandalized several downtown buildings of late, and Keene police have no leads on who’s responsible.
The letters “JRB,” sometimes accompanied by “WW” have popped up all over the downtown area recently, spray painted on the sides of several buildings.
“I’m saddened by the fact that they feel the need to deface private property, or any property for that matter,” said Roberta Mastrogiovanni, owner of the Corner News on Main Street, one of the businesses tagged by the unknown offender or offenders. “It’s (graffiti) not easy to clean, it has to be steam-cleaned.”
Along with Mastrogiovanni’s store, other locations tagged recently with the letters “JRB” include Margaritas restaurant, the rear portion of the Tilden’s Hallmark Store, the rear portion of the Colonial Theatre, and the side of the building that houses Amicci’s, all along Main Street.
The letters could be a reference to the hard-core rap group Insane Clown Posse, which refers to its followers as “juggalo rydas (expletive).”
“ICP (Insane Clown Posse), ‘hatchetmen (another reference to the Insane Clown Posse),’ I know this stuff is popular with the younger crowd,” said Keene police Sgt. Christopher L. Simonds. The department has ramped up its presence over the past couple of years, Simonds said, including more foot patrols at all hours of the day and night.
But so far, police haven’t been able to catch anyone in the act, Simonds said.
In the past, graffiti vandals have been identified by police through Facebook posts, Simonds said.
“We’ve had situations where someone talks about it at school, and the (school resource officer) hears something and lets us know,” he added.
Graffiti is classified as misdemeanor criminal mischief, and can result in hefty fines or jail time, depending on the value of the damaged property, Simonds said.
Mastrogiovanni said she’d like to see the police making inroads with the younger crowd.
“I feel if they get to know these kids, learn a bit about what they’re into, then I think it can be OK,” she said. “The kids are a big part of the population down here.
“I let the kids hang out there (at the side of the building) in the rain sometimes,” she said. “I have no idea who it is. Usually most of the kids are pretty respectful, so if it is one of them, it’s disappointing.”
If she has to put up with graffiti at all, Mastrogiovanni would prefer something more creative, she said.
“When someone just spray-paints their initials, it’s ugly,” she said. “Now if they wanted to paint a flower or something, that’s one thing.”