While washing her car at the Dirty Dawg Carwash, Sandara Bennett noticed gang symbols spray painted in black on the walls.
I think they look pretty bad, I remember you didn’t really used to see things like that around here,” said Bennett.
Owasso Police said the markings with letter J next to the number 13 on the wall represents the Jauritos 13 gang out of Mexico.
Historically the Juaritos have been mainly in the Tulsa area and haven’t been spread out in many of the surrounding communities,” said Owasso Police Deputy Chief Jason Woodruff.
Police said although this is the only report of vandalism by the Juaritos in Owasso, they’re taking the incident seriously.
“Our detectives have looked into and also have been in contact with the Gang Task Force in Tulsa just to share information and see if there’s any link between any activity in Tulsa or the tags we’ve seen here,” said Woodruff.
Bennett said although the Jauritos have only struck Owasso once, she hopes it’s the last.
“It does worry me a little bit, because, I mean, if people are doing things like that obviously they don’t respect the city and they’re not going to be good citizens if they’re going around tearing stuff up,” said Bennett.
Owasso Police said at this point they don’t think it’s anything citizens should be too concerned about, but if you see anything suspicious or recognize the Juaritos gang symbol around town, call the police.