- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A vandal is calling for less oil, more art in a series of spray-painted messages scrawled onto the walls of historic buildings and landmarks in downtown Houma.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1jzPY1E ) police are investigating the vandalism, which popped up sporadically over several weeks, the last of which was found Feb. 11.

The graffiti showed up on buildings on Barataria Boulevard and Good Street, as well as on West Park Elementary School near downtown.

The graffiti, 10 instances in all, was done in black spray-paint and included messages such as “always want more,” and “less oil, more art” and has police questioning their meaning.

“Less oil, more art; I don’t know what that means,” Police Chief Todd Duplantis said.

That particular message was painted on at least three different buildings, police said.

The messages are all signed with the tag LOMA, which authorities suspect is a reiteration of the painter’s anti-oil, pro-art message.

“LOMA is an acronym for less oil, more art,” Houma Downtown Development Corp. President Leo Ledet said.

The messages were likely written by one person, police said.


Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com



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