Vandals tag multiple Virginia Beach Oceanfront businesses with graffiti

Stacy Parker, The Virginian-Pilot
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About a dozen Oceanfront businesses and a Something in the Water Festival mural were defaced overnight Sunday when vandals went on a spray-painting spree.

Police spokesperson Linda Kuehn said several resort-area businesses reported the damage on Monday. Police are investigating and trying to obtaining surveillance footage to identify suspects, Kuehn said.

The culprits spray-painted the word “Panko” and other letters on restaurants, shops, fences and construction banners from 17th to 30th streets, mostly on Pacific Avenue.

George Kotarides, owner of Dough Boys Pizza, received a call from one of his employees Monday morning who was preparing to open the chain’s 17th Street location. Vandals had scribbled across the colorful block letter mural on the back wall of the shop, which faces Pacific Avenue. The mural was created in partnership with the Something in the Water festival two years ago.

“It’s a sad shame,” said Kotarides. “Beautiful artwork and private property are being defaced. What’s the point?”

Stacy Parker, 757-222-5125, stacy.parker@pilotonline.com