Dan Gilbert pleads for capture of graffiti vandals in downtown Detroit

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Surveillance of three vandals.

Surveillance cameras captured three young, female graffiti vandals painting on the side of the 1001 Woodward building, and owner Dan Gilbert is urging employees, security and police to help track down the “fancy ladies.”

“Unfortunately, once in a great while, degenerates who don’t ‘get it’ crawl out of their deep dark holes and try to ruin it for the rest of us who take pride in and deeply care about our city,” Gilbert wrote in a letter that included surveillance images of the three women.

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Police are investigating.

The women were spotted spray-painting “Izzy,” “bitch,” “fuck,” and “Welcome to Detroit” on the alley side of the building.

Graffiti has become ubiquitous in Detroit, scrawled on road signs, cars, houses, historic buildings, churches, parking meters and trees.

Gilbert offered a reward for the capture of the vandals.

“I am personally offering a reward to cover the ‘entire cost to paint your home’ (or apartment) the next time you need a fresh coat either on the inside or outside (or both) for any information that you provide that leads to the apprehension and arrest of these three fine ‘ladies,'” Gilbert wrote.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Charles Vamos Jr

    These dumb people probably aren’t even from Detroit.

    • MickinDetroit

      Yup. they’ve been ID’d. All from GP Woods.

  • Steve Dibert

    Obviously these three girls don’t know about Danny Boy’s past as a bookie in the early 1980s at MSU and what he did to people who owed him money.

  • falseprophet

    Didn’t Danny boy get arrested for book making in college. Oh how we forget our youth!!!

  • UNBLEEVABLE

    Ha! STICK IT TO THE MAN! lol Meanwhile, describe Graffitti again? Why is it called ‘art’ and permitted on the bridges, viaducts and old buildings in the Ghetto as ‘art’ to ‘non-residents’ but cringed upon when spotted on Shinola clocks and buildings of downtown Gilbertville? Drab buildings in the hood or downtown Detroit, it’s all Graffitti. No one in my hood appreciates it. But we are forced to live with it while the suburbanites take an occasional casual bus tour appreciating urban blight and decay created and designed by THEM. #ForceFedHaterHere

    • Dust Buster

      you were doing pretty well until you started to turn towards pluto in that last sentence. nobody in the suburbs “caused” some idiot in a gang to tag the vacant house next to you. people that dont give a shit did it because people around dont give a shit. the ones that do are scared or just gave up. the white trash girls and the thug punk in a gang both did it because they are stupid attention whores and they need a job or school or some hobbies to keep them busy.

      please explain how suburbanites created it in long form. the people you live around voted for and supported politicians that are crooks and greedy. they teach you to blame the suburbs while they take your wallet. but keep voting for them no matter how terrible they are.people like john conyers have done more to destroy detroit than the klan could if they were in dc

  • triumph_2012

    Those Beckys are a bunch of losers. Hope they get busted ASAP.

  • Excellent.

  • Mark Tucker

    Praise Jesus Detroit has a benevolent billionaire to help our city prioritize crime.

    • MickinDetroit

      is he demanding DPS drop everything? Cuz i thought that was an internal email to his employees…

  • Kimberly Renee

    So really who do I contact to give these girls names and information?

  • Anna smith

    I know who did this so who do I contact. I also have photos of then in the act.

    • Emane

      Chill out

    • Kimberly Renee

      Maybe they should learn to not post photos on twitter and instagram.

      • Dust Buster

        please by all means post a link to the pics i am sure these skankettes posted it somewhere attention wh)res like them just cant help it.

        • Kimberly Renee

          They deleted their twitter/Facebook/Instagram but I screen shotted it before they deleted it

  • 2centsmore

    These girls have been identified…let’s see how cool they are now.

    • Emane

      No they haven’t I just talked to them

      • Dust Buster

        sounds like you may be one of the white trash bimbettes that did the tagging and now you are hoping to get someone that doesnt like you to keep from narking you out? best bet is to pay the piper and deal with it. besides thenk of the mean girl cred bump you will get when people see you busted for painting iggy and bitch on a wall…..hardcore 4 life!!!!!!

      • Dust Buster

        dumb bitch stop tagging shit and tell your mom or whatever is trying to raise you to fukk off

  • Billy Blake

    Here you go http://www.graffitiremovalinc.com/

    game over

  • Freight Train

    Paint my house/apartment….????? That’s the best reward this Trump-wannabe can come up with?….LOL! Hey, Danny Boy. .. u make millions burying folks in unaffordable mortgages. How about $250K as a reward? You cheap fuck.

    • Bob Blake

      Do you have some twisted sick jealousy thing for Danny G.? He runs the single best home lender in the world. Ranked top in the U.S. by JD Power for 4 years running. He is investing his money, time and soul into the city and you whine about him like some petulant envious insecure name-calling child. Nothing worse than a weakling like yourself hiding behind the anonymity of a message board. Are you always bitter and nasty because you feel so inferior? Can’t wait for your ‘LOL’ response. Deep down you know exactly how worthless you feel. Only someone with your low self-esteem could consistently write the cowardly and false statements that spew from your keyboard.

  • Jill Drnek

    Dan buys the Freep/Detnews building AND goes after graffiti vandals all in one week. This is awesome.

  • bebow

    Gilbert’s strategy is excellent. Destructive people need to be identified and publicly shamed.

    • Dust Buster

      i know…amazing concept isnt it? actually making a deal out of crap graffiti and vandalizing

      • bebow

        This criminal trio was able to slide around downtown unchallenged by law enforcement, because they are white. They were invisible until Gilbert’s electronic eyeball exposed them after the fact. It’s unfortunate that even downtown the policing is so lazy. My issue with curfew roundups during the fireworks is rooted in an objection to the discrimination of lazy policing. Criminals should be the targets of law enforcement, not age categories and races. There is a great deal of discrimination in Detroit against residents-of-a-lesser-God perpetrated by the elected and appointed. It’s troubling, especially for those of us with longer memories.

    • Marian Pyszko

      yes… too bad Coleman A. Young isn’t around to be prosecuted….

  • Jason

    Why doesn’t Dan Gilbert pay to rehabilitate some property for the homeless instead of acting like he can purchase every lot and Detroit as if the city was his own personal kingdom?

    • angel grimes

      Gilbert’s rate at his parking garages are off the hook. Why should I pay such high fees for seeing nothing. Dont feel safer either?

      • Dust Buster

        you can always park in “sams” lot for $10 to $20 depending on what they feel like charging….you know you are is safe here bud-dee we watch all time now go pull in by that brick wall real close

    • Ryan Healy

      It’s carefully thought-out ideas like this that really stir the pot on social inequality solutions. Kudos.

      • Dust Buster

        please tell me you are being sarcastic? if so, may i use that comment as much as i want?

    • Dust Buster

      brilliant….make someone hand over their money to make a place for the homeless people to go. many of them are homeless for a reason so make sure you make gilbert pay for the upkeep, rent, water and all the other things they will need. what have you given the homeless in your relatively short and learned life?

      • kvc

        ‘Many of them are homeless for a reason’. Adjustable rate mortgages? Displaced by wealthy real estate moguls who raised their rent?

        • Oberyn_Martell

          Usually mental health issues or substance abuse.

          • kvc

            I know, Oberyn. Just being sarcastic. I actually work with the homeless population for a living.

    • Ryan Healy

      Hi Jason,

      I want to apogize for my earlier comment (now attributed to guest when I deleted it). What I said was impolite, dismissive, and uncalled for. I’m genuinely sorry. Best.

      • Jason

        Thank you sincerely. I’m not even sure which comment you’re referring to, but I sure am a know-it-all when I’m posting online. It’s good to see some people having tact when posting on the internet instead of the nastiness anonymity usually engenders.

  • Wes Stafford

    Dan Gilbert is trying so hard to improve Detroit and this is the thanks he gets. Hard to believe.

    • kvc

      Lol! Yes, the poor billionaire! He likely cried himself to sleep that night!

      And ‘hard to believe’, really?

      • Michael Douglas Cosgrove

        I guess you don’t mind people crapping on stuff you own there Kvc.

        • kvc

          I’m not sure how your comment is even relevant to mine, but trying to equate me being upset if someone defaces my property with a billionaire with a private security force and surveillance cameras everywhere being upset about some vandalism at one of his multiple real estate investments is a bit of a stretch.

          • Charles Vamos Jr

            Vandalism is vandalism. It doesn’t matter if the owner is a billionaire or someone with two dollars. He has just as much a right to bitch about this just like any other property owner does.

          • kvc

            Where does anyone claim that he doesn’t?

          • Charles Vamos Jr

            You pretty much did with your passive aggressive diatribe.

          • kvc

            Oh, I ‘pretty much’ did. Very convincing.

            My point was that, IMO, the two situations are not equal. You think they are. Simple as that. We disagree. No need to conjure up straw man bs about ‘rights’.

          • Charles Vamos Jr

            They are exactly the same thing. It doesn’t matter what kind of security he has on his building it is still being vandalized just like if you have no money.

      • Wes Stafford

        I’m so sorry I upset you.

        • kvc

          I wouldn’t say upset as much as surprised. DG is protecting his investment, as he should, but let’s not act like he’s some hero and we should all be tripping over each other to thank him. He’s in the business of making money and he stands to make a killing off his Detroit investments.

      • Dust Buster

        class envy must be a real bitch

        • kvc

          No class envy, just not a fan of the DG hero worship (or any hero worship, for that matter). It’s beginning to resemble the irrational praise people give professional athletes. It’s not enough to say they’re good athletes (or real estate investors) we have to attach some false characteristic of heroism to them as well.

    • Freight Train

      If you really believe that I’ve got a very nice bridge to sell you.

  • Phoebe Johnson

    The 2 girls on the LEFT were at my nail salon (T&T Nails in Lafayette Foods center) on Wednesday! They were trashy “teens” … who I then bumped into at Dollar General. They were purchasing arm fulls of crap (Slim Jims, household goods).

    • rick

      Did they pay by credit card? If so, you just got yourself a reward. They may have also paid by credit card at the Dollar General store. You may want to forward this information to Gilbert, or police.

      • Phoebe Johnson

        I’ll go to my salon first thing tomorrow when they open- and see if they can look at the next 5 or so transactions after my credit card (around 4pm). I bet the names on the credit cards could be cross referenced with Facebook to pinpoint them, too!

        • James Eaton Tyler

          Good. I hope you figure out their names and call fox 2 or another channel to go to their houses and humiliate them on TV.

          • Brentano Yanni

            Who knows how far out in the suburbs they will have to drive to find their house…

          • Guest

            That was my first thought.

          • Wes Stafford

            That was my first thought, Brentano.

          • kvc

            Yes,because only an evil suburbanite could commit such a heionous act! No ‘real’ Detroiter could bring themselves to do it! Even when tempted, they’d simply look down at their What Would Hazen Pingree Do bracelet and think better of it.

    • Emane

      No they were most certainly not there, nor would they ever go to the dollar store..

      • Dust Buster

        man someone is trying real hard to put a wet blanket on this and douse the fire…..wonder why? are perhaps one of the little white trash bimbettes doing the tagging? im guessing might even be one of the little darlings mommas?