Wendy Beallas, owner of Flag Sales and Repairs on North Summit Street in Point Place, is concerned about the difficulty of removing the paint from the 86-year-old former fire station. She wants the teenager arrested in the incident to remove the graffiti. The business, founded by her late father, has been located in the brick structure for 14 years.
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The owner of a Point Place business that was defaced in a graffiti spree wants the teenager arrested in the incident to remove the spray paint from her flag-making and repair shop as well as other buildings affected.
Her store was among at least six businesses on North Summit Street vandalized with spray paint between late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
Jordan Myers of 120 Apple Creek was arrested Wednesday after police were told that letters and emblems in the graffiti matched postings on the teenager’s Facebook page.
Police said Mr. Myers, a Whitmer High School junior, had cans of spray paint in his backpack when he was picked up Wednesday while walking along West Alexis Road in North Toledo.
He pleaded not guilty to six misdemeanor charges of criminal damaging during his appearance Thursday in Toledo Municipal Court. Judge Michael Goulding ordered Mr. Myers, 18, held in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $6,000.
Wendy Beallas, owner of Flags Sales and Repairs, said that if convicted, the teenager should be ordered to make retribution by scrubbing off the drawings that scar the side of her building.
“I want him to be responsible and accountable for himself and clean it up,” she said. “This was very destructive. I want him to clean it, not just my building, but all the buildings.”
The shop, which specializes in flag making and repair, was started by her late father, Howard Pinkley. The store has been located in the building on Summit Street for 14 years of the 50 years it has been in business.
“He would have been furious,” Ms. Beallas said of her father.
Also tagged with paint during the overnight spree were Bayside Family Denistry, Dollar General, Subway, the law firm of Daniel Boldt, and Point Place Automotive, all on North Summit.
Police said other buildings may have vandalized.
Ms. Beallas said she believes that Mr. Myers didn’t act alone because of the extensive damage that occurred along the long stretch of North Summit.
“It had to have taken some time to do all this,” she said. “I am very disappointed. It is just unbelievable and senseless to me.”