Police charge resident with spray painting graffiti

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Campbellsville Police Department investigated graffiti found at two local churches and two local businesses on Monday and have arrested and charged a local man with committing the crimes.

At 4:15 a.m. on Monday, Campbellsville Police received a report of a male riding a bicycle near Magic Wok restaurant, and the presence of graffiti on the side of the building.

Officers Bryon Simpson and Brian Morgan began an investigation.

The alleged perpetrator was also seen at Walmart earlier in the morning attempting to buy paint, but was refused by cashiers for not having proper identification for the purchase.

Later Monday morning, Officer Roger Stiles contacted the owners of Kort Physical Therapy about graffiti painted on their sign along U.S. 68.

By Monday afternoon, Stiles responded to Campbellsville Baptist Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church to investigate graffiti messages on both facilities.

Police investigated the potential connection between the incidents and the painting of graffiti on a building at Central Plaza.

Security footage provided footage of the alleged perpetrator.

Sergio Augusto Poveda Chavez of Campbellsville, formerly of Ecuador, was arrested and found with evidence linking him to the incidents.

Chavez was charged with five counts of second-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor offense, and was lodged at the Taylor County Detention Center. The investigation is continuing.