Heart graffiti puzzles Plano police, homeowners

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

PLANO — A different kind of graffiti has police and homeowners puzzled in Plano.

Hearts are popping up along a four-mile stretch of a single street. Police say it's one of the most unusual cases they've seen.

Not even power-washing could erase the evidence left by vandals.

"Some are red. Some are green," said Plano homeowner Betti Sherman. "I don't know what it even means."

The 30 hearts are along Hedgcoxe Road, between Custer Road to the east and Preston Road to the west. It has left neighbors baffled.

"At least it's nicer than foul words or bad pictures," said Omar Mahioddin, who lives off Hedgcoxe. "But paint is paint."

The vandals' biggest attack was on a bridge over a creek just east of Preston Road. They painted 14 different green hearts on the walls of the bridge.

"This is not something we see on a regular basis," said David Tilley, Plano police spokesman. "And that's why we really don't have a group that this is associated with. And that's what we're trying to figure out."

The culprits’ use of hearts has left homeowner like Betti Sherman perplexed. She's seen graffiti before... but hearts?

"No, not unless somebody is really in love with someone along the area,” Sherman said, laughing. “That's the only thing I could think of. Maybe they were trying to propose to somebody?"

Police don't have any leads, but say the hearts could cost each spray-can cupid $2,000 (per heart) in fines.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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