WORCESTER – As ThisWeekinWorcester.com reported on Saturday, Nov. 25, Dell’Ovo’s Kitchen was vandalized on Friday night. However, upon further investigation, the vandals also tagged more than a dozen properties along Shrewsbury Street.
Dell’Ovo’s owner and chef Anthony Dell’Ovo posted two photos to his personal Facebook account on Saturday morning expressing his frustration. The restaurant is closed on Saturdays, and Dell’Ovo had to come back and deal with removing the graffiti and doing what he could to find out who put it there.
Dell’Ovo told ThisWeekinWorcester.com that he is currently working on trying to find out who the culprit is.
Dell’Ovo may have some help from other business and home owners. Over another dozen properties were also “tagged” in both sides and directions on Shrewsbury St. on Friday evening.
Shrewsbury Street Neighborhood Association President Gary Vecchio has alerted the Worcester Police Department and they are currently looking into finding the suspect (s), according to Vecchio.
“I walked right to the police station with my list of all the properties and reported all of them to the police department. They were going out to look at the graffiti, to look for empty spray cans, and will be checking in with businesses to see if any of them have video to identify the culprits,” Vecchio told TWIW on Sunday, Nov. 26.
Walking the length of Shrewsbury St., this reporter counted 14 properties with similar graffiti to that which Dell’Ovo found — including the new CubeSmart self storage building, Porro’s Custom Interiors, a DPW fence next to the parking lot of InHouse Coffee and DCU, the DaVita Dialysis Center, Red Lantern Restaurant, Eden & Rafferty, RE/MAX Advantage, a WRTA bus shelter, several electrical boxes and a residence at 363 Shrewsbury St.
Vecchio said, “Hopefully later this week the WPD will be checking in with these businesses to see if they have any surveillance video where they can identify who did this. It’s expensive and massive up and down the street.”