Graffiti testing patience of Port Angeles business owners

PORT ANGELES — The paint covering the graffiti hadn’t yet dried when the Peaks Brew Pub was tagged again.

“We got hit a couple of weekends ago, so Sunday we repainted the whole side of the building and by Monday, they’d hit us again,” said Wanda Smith, who owns Peaks Brew Pub at 130 S Lincoln St., with her husband Ed, on Friday.

“Before the paint dried, they did it again.”

The pub at the corner of Second and Lincoln is one of a handful of downtown places that have been marked with graffiti in the last few weeks.

It isn’t gang graffiti, Port Angeles Police Chief Terry Gallagher said.

Instead it appears to be the work of one or two people who are eager to make a mark — “maybe a single or two individuals but not a whole bunch.

“We need to pay attention,” Gallagher said, but there is “nothing else to support an emerging gang issue.”

He said the design of the graffiti points to it being done by one person, “but I can’t say who it is or they wouldn’t be doing it.”

The markings aren’t only on buildings.

A police car also was tagged last week, Gallagher said.

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