Santa Monica police are searching for suspects who allegedly vandalized 11 vehicles with gang-related graffiti on Pier Avenue in the early morning of December 28th.

Police said the vehicles parked in the 1700 block of Pier Avenue, west of Santa Monica Airport were tagged with spraypaint at random. One of the vehicles was also burglarized with an unknown loss and another was reported as an attempted burglary, Sgt. Jay Trisler said.

No homes were vandalized but street signs, one wooden fence and a cinder block in the neighborhood were also marked with graffiti, Trisler said.

Police suspect that the incidents may be connected with an unidentified Venice gang, he said.

Trisler said the neighborhood does not typically experience gang activity and it is unknown why that area was targeted.

“It’s not known as a gang area. It’s a nice, quiet neighborhood,” he said.

Police currently do not have any description of suspects. A police department graffiti abatement unit was called to help remove the graffiti and the neighborhood resource officer informed residents, encouraging them to be on the lookout, Trisler said.

Officers have no indication that other neighborhoods are targeted but encourage residents to contact the department if they see any suspicious activity.

Anyone with additional information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.

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