Dan Gilbert pleads for capture of graffiti vandals in downtown Detroit

Graffiti girls
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.


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.

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