A long time New Haven business is being targeted by vandals.
The owner of Dynamic TV, at the corner of Orange Street and Ella T. Grasso Boulevard, discovered the graffiti covering his shop when he showed up to work Wednesday morning.
Owner Luigi Caserta had it painted over, and he said he isn’t sure why someone would do this to his business, but it might be that the front of his building has a big blank canvas in a highly visible location.
"I'm not surprised because it happens all the time to a lot of places,” Caserta said
There were bright red letters scribbled across the building, and after a long look it appears the graffiti said “Obama Is Da Man,” with a heart replacing the “o” in the president’s name.
For 31 years, he said he has never had a problem.
"After last night, there was nothing here, and the guy that sells that papers says it was there this morning, so probably last night they did it,” Caserta said.
Checking on his neighbor and the graffiti, Hoeun Lee runs a brake and muffler shop next door.
He said he’s had to clean up in front of his place before, typically broken beer bottles, some small graffiti, but nothing like what happened on Wednesday.
"Night time, people are drinking, but day time, nice and quiet, nice people. Nothing like major problems,” Lee said.
"I think it’s highly wrong that where we are, that you do something to this guy,” said Troy Daniels of New Haven. “He helps the community, gives discounts to people who don't have money and it’s not right, just not right.”
Caserta said it is a small problem that nothing a little patience and some spray paint can’t fix.
"It could be aggravating, but actually I'm not. I try to be a peaceful person. Usually people never bother me,” he said.
He said he isn’t filing a police report and said they have more pressing things to deal with, pointing to Tuesday’s deadly shooting that didn’t happen too far from the vandalism.
He said he just hopes it doesn’t happen again.
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