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Cape Girardeau business owner wants answers after graffiti left on buildings

While this 'kooky' tag might look like art to some - to them it's damage to one of Cape's historical buildings.(Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) While this 'kooky' tag might look like art to some - to them it's damage to one of Cape's historical buildings.(Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
A long standing Cape Girardeau business boasts an unwanted piece of art after graffiti popped up on the side of the building. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) A long standing Cape Girardeau business boasts an unwanted piece of art after graffiti popped up on the side of the building. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
One downtown resident who said from time to time she can hear them up on the roof late at night. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) One downtown resident who said from time to time she can hear them up on the roof late at night. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
Art is a part of Cape Girardeau's heritage. From our flood wall, to murals that liven up the streets. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) Art is a part of Cape Girardeau's heritage. From our flood wall, to murals that liven up the streets. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
It's not just McGinty, The Marquette Center on Fountain Street was also hit a while back during renovations. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) It's not just McGinty, The Marquette Center on Fountain Street was also hit a while back during renovations. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A long standing Cape Girardeau business boasts an unwanted piece of art after graffiti popped up on the side of the building.

Someone has been spray painting graffiti on at least five buildings downtown. All feature the same word: "kooky."

One frustrated business owner took to Facebook to ask for help tracking down the culprit after his building got hit numerous times.

Now the owners are left with paying to have it removed or possibly facing a fine.

While this 'kooky' tag might look like art to some - to them it's damage to one of Cape's historical buildings.

"It's just – wow. Really?" Cape Girardeau resident Taveon Harris said.

"Personally I thought it was very disrespectful," said Hannah Duenne another resident of Cape.

What may not be obvious to every passer by is plain to see for Charles McGinty.

"They're using our building as a canvas to paint," McGinty said.

However, he says, this piece on the side of a 100 year old building was not commissioned.

It's not just one spot on his building - this the front, side, chimney, and even the parking lot.

"You have to pay to clean it up. You have to pay to paint over it. Then they come right back and do it again," McGinty said.

McGinty said to clean off the side could cost hundreds - but it would never really go away.

If he wanted to paint the building like it never happened?

"I don't know. I'm scared to say. $20,000."

Art is a part of Cape Girardeau's heritage. From our flood wall, to murals that liven up the streets.

 However, the residents we spoke with said this isn't the art they want to see on the historic downtown buildings.

"Sometimes that's how people express themselves, but I think they should like have a wall or something so people could do that," Harris said.

"They think it's art, but they also need to remind themselves that it's someone else's property," Dunne said.

It's not just McGinty, The Marquette Center on Fountain Street was also hit a while back during renovations.

McGinty says he hasn't filed a police report, because he's done that before - now, he just wants it to end.

"We've all been young and dumb at times. I would like to find out who you are and start a conversation to try to get you and your friends to stop," McGinty said.

Because McGinty along with residents think Downtown Cape is pretty - just the way it is.

"It's so much history and we don't want to lose it," Harris said.

One downtown resident who said from time to time she can hear them up on the roof late at night.

The Cape Girardeau Police say they are looking into it, and are aware of the problem.

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