Stroudsburg, Monroe County – A Monroe County business owner is offering a $500 reward to anyone who helps catch the vandals who spray painted buildings in Stroudsburg.
Sarah Street Grill owner Dave Lapoint said he drove up to the business June 14th and discovered graffiti on the side of his building. It was also on other buildings, and several dumpsters on Quaker Alley. He said, “I think it's just teenagers being stupid. I can't really think of any other reason for it. I'm not sure why it's a thrill for them to do that."
His security cameras caught two people vandalizing the restaurant at about 3a.m. on the 14th. Lapoint reacted, "It was very disturbing."
They may be the same people who defaced other buildings and property in Stroudsburg this month. They include the Scarpelli’s deli building on Main Street. “It’s getting more and more,” complained deli owner Frank Scarpelli. He said he is tired of cleaning up vandalism. "Come on this is a beautiful town, why do you want to destroy it?” he asked.
All of the spray painting was done close to a legal graffiti alley were people are allowed to spray paint. Operations Lieutenant Kevin Transue of the Stroud Area Regional Police said, "It's a pointless crime. If you are an artist and you want your art displayed, do it properly."
Some worry how it impacts the area as a tourist destination. Joel Rittenhouse, who was visiting Stroudsburg from Virginia said, "It's kind of a damper on the whole feel of the place."
Lapoint hopes his $500 reward will let vandals know people in Stroudsburg are serious about stopping crime. Anyone with information on the vandalism should contact Stroud Area Regional Police at 570-421-6800.