Popular rap group may have inspired vandalismPosted: Updated:
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- Residents in one San Tan Valley neighborhood are cleaning up after vandals spray-painted racist and satanic symbols on a number of cars and homes over the weekend.
The victims made the discoveries on the morning of Easter Sunday.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said the crooks hit about 10 areas in the Johnson Ranch subdivision.
Upside-down crosses, "666," "Hail Satan," and "Wolf Gang" littered homes and cars, which appear to be targeted at random.
A Pinal County Sheriff's Office vehicle, parked in front of a home, was also tagged.
Officials said it will cost several thousand dollars to clean up and they're hoping to make arrests.
"Juveniles or adults that show a lack of maturity that do this continue to do so until they're caught," said Elias Johnson with PCSO.
Jacki Faller was leaving for church when she noticed her Easter flag looked different. It had the words "No Greater Love" with a cross on it.
"It looked like [the colors] had run but it had been spray-painted and that's when I looked and 'uh oh,'" Faller said, describing her shock when she saw what was on her garage door in big block letters. "HAIL SATAN and we had a metal artwork which they sprayed."
Faller also had a swastika and "666" sprayed on her walls.
She said it was hurtful, but she's forgiven the suspects and just wants them to get some kind of help.
"It's all repairable, nobody was injured, nothing was permanently damaged," Faller said.
The graffiti appears to be inspired by a rap group called Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All or Wolf Gang, for short. The words, along with the acronym for the group's full title, were found spray-painted on multiple targets.
The group is known for its dark lyrics with underlying satanic themes.
Isaac Sanchez said he felt disappointed when he discovered his white VW Jetta had been vandalized with bright orange paint.
"Came out, saw the car, it had swastikas on it, 666 on it," Sanchez said.
There were also inappropriate swear words scribbled on the trunk.
At first he thought the messages were directed at him, but soon learned a number of his neighbors were also hit.
Fortunately, Sanchez was able to get the graffiti removed.
"One hundred and fifty dollars and it took four to five individuals three hours to do it," Sanchez said.
That part makes him upset. He said even in the upper-middle class neighborhood times are tough.
"A lot of folks here are struggling financially... so it's a cost to them that's just another burden," Sanchez said.
He wants those responsible to face the music and take responsibility.
"Best thing to do is just come forward, people are willing to forgive," he said. "It's just something they need to grow out of, stop doing this, straighten up."