Rosenberg police release video of man vandalizing park building


The man was caught on camera spraying gang-related graffiti at Travis Park.

Rosenberg police have received a number of tips since posting that video on YouTube. It's their latest effort to use online tools and social media in the fight against crime.

The video shows a guy at Travis Park around midnight January 2, spray painting the name of a Houston gang on the brick walls outside the bathrooms.

"I'm tired of it. If I find out who it is, I'm gonna go look for 'em," Rosenberg resident Ronnie Lloesch said.

The city quickly painted over the vandalism. But detectives are still working to identify the person responsible. It helps that they have video from a camera in the park. They posted it to YouTube, hoping someone will recognize this person.

"Being those extra ears, those extra eyes out there, that they understand that they can come to us, that we can help them," Rosenberg Police Department Lt. Brian Baker said.

Investigators think it was an isolated incident. They say Rosenberg does not a have a problem with gangs. Still, detectives admit continued growth in Fort Bend County could play a part in pushing crime southwest of Houston. Over the last year and four months, they've been attempting to combat that with an aggressive push on social media.

"They monitor it all day long -- 24 hours a day -- so once those tips are received, it's immediately transferred to the detective that's working the case," Baker said.

They've solicited tips, solved cases, even touted their successes on both the department's Twitter feed and Facebook page. On Facebook they have nearly 16,000 "likes." The department says they were just voted one of the top three most interactive police departments in the country by a popular police blogging site.

"You're talking to real police officers with real experience that, we'll respond with real answers," Rosenberg Police Department Lt. Aaron Slater said.

Rosenberg police are hoping you will go look at the surveillance video they posted of the guy who did the graffiti here. If you help with a tip, you could qualify for a reward through Crime Stoppers. To place a tip, call Rosenberg Police Department at 832-595-3700 or call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS.

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