Vandals spray paint Coon Rapids water tower

Vandals spray painted the city of Coon Rapids water tower on Crooked Lake Boulevard the night of Sept. 13.

The graffiti in the form of larger lettering was spraypainted on the side of the water tower facing Crooked Lake Boulevard.

It was discovered the morning of Sept. 14 along with some green spraypaint cans.

According to Rick Bednar, city utility operations supervisor, a contractor that the city hires for painting, would be using graffiti remover Tuesday to try and get rid of the lettering.

If that is not successful, then the affected area of the water tower would have to be sanded and repainted, a much more expensive proposition, Bednar said.

The water tower is 200 feet off the ground and is accessible only by a ladder attached to the outside of the one of the columns that support the tower, he said.

But that ladder is 20 feet off the ground itself and the vandals would also have had to scale a 15-foot fence surrounding the water tower, Bednar said.

“They would have needed a ladder to do that,” he said.

The graffiti in large letters included “BIG RED,” “SWOSE” and “TPK.”

The lettering was estimated to be eight to 12 feet tall, according to the Coon Rapids Police report.

Paint cans and paint can caps were found by police on the ground by the water tower, the police report states.

The Crooked Lake water tower is one of three in the city.

This is the first time in Bednar’s eight years with the city that there has been vandalism to any of the towers, he said.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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