Annapolis officials are looking for someone named Grim, and they believe he may be riding a skateboard.
The Annapolis graffiti artist has penned his name all over the downtown Historic District, and officials have put the word out on the street that they want him stopped.They may even offer a reward for information leading to Grim's arrest.
The culprit's diamond-shaped logo has appeared at least a dozen times around Duke of Gloucester and Main streets in recent weeks, on everything from city planters to the foundations of historic buildings. Officials believe he is using a permanent magic marker. They have had mixed success removing the graffiti.
"It started out small, butit's gotten quite big," City Administrator Michael Mallinoff said.
Mallinoff said city officials had been concerned about another graffiti artist named "Sleek," but no more. "I think 'Grim' is outdoing 'Sleek' at this point," he said. "It's really getting out of hand."
Mallinoff said he doesn't know what "Grim" means.
"It doesn't mean anything to me, except some kid who's going around and putting his name on things," Mallinoff said. "My name's gonna be 'The Hatchet Man' if I get ahold of him."
A 13-year-old informant told city officials he thinks "Grim" rides a skateboard and hangs out downtown.
"We're checking around," Mallinoff said. "I've gone through some sources who have connections with 13-year-olds. I'm sure Grim is cowering in a corner somewhere."
Police and public works crews also are keeping an eye out for Grim. Officials believe the graffiti artist is short, because his logo never appears more than a few feet off the ground.
At a staff meeting Friday, Police Chief Harold Robbins suggested offering a reward for information leading to Grim's capture throughthe Crime Solvers program, a group of 23 business people and citizens.
Capt. John Wright, head of the police department's Criminal Investigation Division, said the group probably will vote on offering a reward for information on Grim when it meets Jan. 15. If the group makes Grim's handiwork its crime of the week, the reward would be $500.
City officials may have one advantage in this war of words. Alderman Wayne C. Turner, R-Ward 6, has proposed a skateboard park for Truxtun Park. Mallinoff said the city may refuse to build the park until Grim stops leaving his calling card.
"We may just hold the skateboard park hostage," Mallinoff said. "I think I'll talk to Wayne aboutthat."