Columbus makes arrest on building graffiti

Published 10:00 pm Monday, January 18, 2016


By Leah Justice

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It only took one day for the Columbus Police Department to apprehend a man suspected of painting graffiti on an abandoned building.

Brian Scott Dumars, of Landrum, was arrested and charged with two counts of injury to real property, according to the Columbus Police Department.


On Jan. 11 Columbus Patrol Officer Jerry Williams was on routine patrol when he found that the vacant gas station at 617 West Mills Street had been vandalized with spray paint graffiti, according Columbus police reports.

Officer Williams noticed the graffiti at approximately 7 p.m. and he made a report and the owner of the building was notified of the damage.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, Officer Williams was on patrol again and notice more graffiti on the building. According to police reports, Officer Williams had recently checked on a suspicious person on foot in the same area prior to his finding the additional graffiti.

Officer Williams located the suspicious suspect again at the Days Inn and arrested the suspect for the damage.

The graffiti included a few Bible verses, a couple of drawings with one saying “demon” and the other saying “holy spirit.”

Dumars was released from custody under a $2,000 bond. He is scheduled for court on Feb. 17.