A group of brazen taggers who defaced an unmarked police car are causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to buildings in northern Waikato.
Police are appealing for information about the group who have struck a number of homes, businesses and public places over the past fortnight.
They also tagged an unmarked police car that was parked outside the Ngaruawahia station.
Huntly-Ngaruawahia CIB detective Russell Crawford said the tagging was ''unsightly'' and ''sends the wrong message'' about the town to visitors.
''The latest incident saw public toilets on SH1 in the centre of town targeted. These toilets are in a prominent location and visible to thousands of motorists transiting the Waikato each day.''
Mr Crawford said police wanted to hear from anyone with any information on who the tag names belonged to or on the identities of those responsible.
''A number of young people were seen near the places tagged, but only very generalised descriptions were provided.
''The most identifiable evidence left at these scenes is the personalised tag names of REK, HUSLR BNG & FREEMAN.
''He said the names will be known by people in Ngaruawahia and urged people to come forward in order to prevent further attacks.
''At this family-focused time of year no one should have to be distracted with the need to clean up the mess of someone else's tagging. Such damage is expensive to repair and sends the wrong message about what the Ngaruawahia community is all about.''
Anyone recognising the tag signatures or who knows who is responsible is asked to contact constable Norm McIntosh at the Ngaruawahia Police on 07 824 8199.Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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