CARNEGIE (KDKA) – Business owners in Carnegie are upset about the constant graffiti problem.

A lot of graffiti covers the alleyway on Main Street and Mansfield – hitting much of the business district.

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“People want to come to eat and feel safe,” said Rick Richter, owner of Papa J’s Restaurant. “They come here and thin there’s graffiti – they may think there’s gang-related things here and they don’t want to get out of their car.”

It’s happening as Carnegie’s business district is on the upswing. Some new businesses have opened and they don’t like what’s happening either.

The graffiti’s also expensive to remove.

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“A lot of the warehouses they hit,” said Carnegie Police Chief Jeffrey Kennedy. “In some sections, they destroyed entire sides of buildings with graffiti.”

Police are hoping surveillance footage will help them catch the suspects, including footage of a man and a woman recently caught on camera. In the video, they appear to have a backpack and spray can.

“We’d like to speak to these individuals to see if they could be involved or if they may know who would be involved,” said Kennedy.

Anyone with information is asked to call Carnegie Police.

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