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Spartanburg neighborhood sees rise in graffiti

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One of the tagged stop signs along Springfield Road. (Sept. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina) One of the tagged stop signs along Springfield Road. (Sept. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Residents in a Spartanburg County neighborhood said they're upset with a recent rise in tagging, or gang-related graffiti, on signs and private property.

On Wednesday, deputies were called to Sherman Chiropractic College on Springfield Road after the sign closest to the road had been vandalized.

According to the sheriff's office report, someone tagged the school sign with a six-pointed star and FOLK in black spray paint.

The deputy also noticed the stop sign nearby had been tagged with a six-pointed star and what appeared to be the numbers "2-6-6" in black spray paint. Whoever painted the signs did so between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. on Thursday, according to the report.

SLIDESHOW: See photos of the signs covered in graffiti

Neighbors said they have seen more tagging in the past month, especially around the intersection of Springfield and Valley Falls roads.

Deputies said there are a number of gangs represented in the tags, but they don't believe there is a marked increase in gang activity.

One resident said street signs, stop signs and even the street have been sprayed, but when the Freewill Baptist Church was sprayed that crossed the line.

Deputies urge anyone to call police if they see someone tagging.

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