WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — City officials and business leaders are vowing a crackdown on a recent spate of graffiti across Worcester.

Police have already arrested a 21-year-old Leicester resident after eight buildings were hit and police Chief Gary Gemme (jem) says other possible suspects have been identified.

City Manager Michael O'Brien called the perpetrators are "miscreants, malcontents and maladjusted vandals," and vowed to hold them accountable.

Cleaning up after the vandals costs the city money in worker time, cleaning materials and other supplies

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/KgCwTB ) reports that the city is reporting 150 incidents in December, not including the graffiti in the Tatnuck Square area that occurred Friday night into Saturday morning.

Police will review the recent rash of graffiti and determine if more resources need to be moved into specific areas.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com