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      Wiping away crime in Albany

      On Friday, volunteers with Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful spent the day wiping away crime in some of Albany's most high crime areas.They group went to four abandoned houses throughout the city that are laced with graffiti.The process included painting white paint over the graffiti on the houses, and using chemicals to wipe away graffiti on objects such as trash cans and stop signs.Mike Tilson, Director for Albany Dougherty Code Enforcement says, "if you are caught committing such a crime, there will be a punishment."According to the City of Albany Code of Ordinances, Section 38-127: Any person who is convicted of violating subsection (c) above shall be punished by a fine of not exceeding $500.00 or by imprisonment not to exceed six months, or both. In addition to such punishment, the court may, in imposing sentence, order the defendant to restore the property so defaced, damaged, or destroyed.

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