Columbus crime: Several downtown businesses defaced last week

Several downtown businesses were tagged by vandals last week, according to police.

Seven businesses were defaced with black spray paint sometime between late Thursday night and Friday afternoon, according to a Columbus police report.

The graffiti was reported to police by an Uptown Columbus and Business Improvement District employee who said he found symbols depicting a stick man with a head shaped like a television and the words "SA Toy" spray-painted on the sides of several buildings.

The buildings tagged included: Firestone Complete Auto Care on Veterans Parkway; PTAP on 13th Street; Ray's Uptown Body Shop on 13th Street; New Horizons Disability on Second Avenue; the Ralston Towers on 12th Street; Regions Bank on 13th Street and Aaron's Sale and Lease on Broadway.

The cost of the damage totals about $200 per building.

The case remains under investigation.