A mysterious graffiti vandal, who has been named by police as ‘Vandit Bandit,’ is causing property damage to multiple locations in Lompoc leaving the initials “YK.”
Lompoc resident Eduardo Aguiniga has a message for the Vandit Bandit.
“If you’re doing this, then just stop, get a job! Do something productive,” said Aguiniga.
Longtime community member, Devin Quackenbush, routinely spends his Sundays doing laundry. He discovered the graffiti on his way into The Laundry Room laundry matt located on Ocean Ave and South J. street.
“It’s very rude, it’s disgusting, it’s also blatantly disrespectful to the people that live around here, and not everyone can afford to get it painted over, ” says Devin Quackenbush.
The Vandit Bandit has also made their mark on other properties and has even vandalized a church. The cost of the property damage to The Laundry Room in unknown at this time but according to a local painting, company repairs could cost in the hundreds or more.
” I think it makes the Lompoc community look bad, ” says Aguiniga.
Another Lompoc neighbor Tony Marcelino worries that the criminal doing this might go further with his or her crimes.
“Well if you have people that are willing to do this, where does it end if they are willing to just blatantly destroy someone’s property it could lead to anything,” says Marceleno.
Marceleno says he worries many people don’t take the time to report such a crime.
“If no one is willing to report graffiti where is the line drawn where they are finally willing to step in and say something,” says Marceleno
Quckenbush urges people to take action.
“File a report to the police if they see someone that is actually grafting, ” says Quackenbush.
The owner of The Laundry Room did file a police report and had a number of cameras installed and plans to follow it through until the Vandit Bandit is caught.