On April 1st, 2014 at approximately 10:20 PM, the Asheville Police Department received a vandalism in progress call on Carolina Lane. Tonya Dee Anderson, 28, of Franklin, was caught tagging the exterior wall at 43 Carolina Lane. The Western Carolina student was arrested and charged with injury to real property.
In addition to increased police patrols, City staff members across the organization have been working with business owners and community leaders to address the graffiti problem. Efforts are aimed at both immediate and mid-to-long term solutions.
The first and most important action to take when observing someone “tagging” or damaging property is to report it immediately. The Asheville Police Department number is 828-252-1110. Buncombe County Crime Stoppers is 828-255-5050.