Gang graffiti was found on the old Greenwood Mop and Broom building Monday morning, according to Greenwood police.
According to a report from the Greenwood Police Department, police were dispatched to 119 Granola Ave. Monday afternoon in reference to a burglary. There is an old office building which is now vacant on the property. At some point over the weekend, an unknown person or persons kicked in a door to the building and ransacked the inside. The exterior of the building was also “tagged” with what appeared to be gang signs and other graffiti.
According to the report, police observed a number of words and phrases in blue spray paint on the front of the building. Police observed “southside,” “xort3 killa,” “bam bam,” and “13” spray painted on the building in addition to derogatory statements about police and another gang. The door to the building had an imprint of a Nike Air Jordan shoe and appeared to have been forced open.
According to the website policeone.com, “Sur 13” is a generic representation of a gang’s affiliation with a group known as La Eme, a group formed in the 1950s to offer protection for Hispanics from African American and white supremacy groups in prisons. The gang is established all across America and is one of the largest and most active gangs in the Atlanta Metropolitan area.
According to investigators, the “Sur 13” graffiti has been showing up around for nearly a decade, but the gang does not appear to be active in Greenwood.
“We’ve been seeing (Sur 13) graffiti for about eight or 10 years,” said Capt. Nick Futch, who heads up GPD’s investigative division as well as the joint Violent Crime Task Force. “We have never had a crime that we can positively tie to that group to any crimes in Greenwood.”
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.