Businessman offers $5000 reward for graffiti vandals
IAN Knox has had enough. In the past eight weeks his house has been vandalised three times and he is offering a $5000 reward for anyone who can help find the culprits.
Mr Knox, a well-known businessman, awoke on Tuesday morning to find his fence was covered in graffiti, again.
Vandals have not only targeted his home, other residents in Curzon St also awoke to see red spray paint covering their fences.
Mr Knox is determined to find the culprit and decided to seek help from the public.
"I am prepared to do whatever possible to assist police and the council to stamp out this ugly side of Toowoomba," he said.
"People need to be made aware of what is happening.
"We need to put a stop to it before it gets completely out of control because for the moment they are targeting Curzon St but who knows where they will go next.
He said he and his partner Margaret Maloney were fed up.
"We are very saddened to have people, who under the cover of darkness, set out to destroy all we have achieved with this very ugly graffiti vandalism," he said.
Mr Knox was sure it was the same culprit on all three occasions.
"It has to be the same people or person because it is the same coloured paint and similar writing," he said.
"We can't really understand the messages but it's all just the same type of scrawl.
"There are so many beautiful murals around town that are a form of graffiti but this is pure and unadulterated vandalism.
"People need to understand the difference and we need to stamp out the destruction because it doesn't belong in our fine city."
The last two times the graffiti vandals struck, Mr Knox was quick to repaint his fence to get rid of the messages.
This time he is taking a different approach and plans to leave the graffiti for a few weeks.
"We just aren't sure how to deal with it," he said.
"If you paint over it, it is basically an invite for the vandals to come back.
"So I'm going to take a different approach and leave it there for a couple of weeks to show people how ugly it is and to remind people there is a grub out there that needs to be apprehended as soon as possible.
"This graffiti vandalism does not belong here in Toowoomba and everyone must be very vigilant and report all suspicious activity to the police or Crime Stoppers."
Report all information to the Toowoomba Police Station on 4631 6333 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.