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May 7, 2015

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Police: Red Rock vandalism linked to ‘Nasty Habits Crew’ gang


Courtesy Friends of Red Rock Canyon

Damage is shown after vandals used spray paint on historic rock art panels at Red Rock Canyon.

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Damage is shown after vandals used spray paint on historic rock art panels at Red Rock Canyon.

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Metro Police said vandals responsible for recent graffiti at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area are associated with a local gang sometimes referred to as the "Nasty Habits Crew."

Police said the gang identifies itself by the letters "NHC," which also has other meanings.

The vandals use the graffiti monikers of "RODO," "64C" and "PWE," which can be spelled "Pee Wee," police said.

Metro's graffiti investigation detail is working with the Bureau of Land Management to find those responsible for the vandalism. The crime carries a possible five-year jail sentence and a fine up to $100,000, authorities said.

The Red Rock art panels — varying in size from 3-by-6 feet to 8-by-9 feet — were covered with maroon spray paint. The vandalism happened in the Willow Spring/Lost Creek area, officials said.

The panels included pictographs, defined as paintings and drawings on rock, and petroglyphs, drawings scraped and ground onto the surface of the rock. All were severely damaged, officials said.

The Bureau of Land Management estimates that restoration will cost about $10,000. The vandalism is the most severe case in Red Rock in the past several years.

Friends of Red Rock Canyon and the Conservation Lands Foundation are offering a $2,500 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the graffiti.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or to visit

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  1. thinks these young lads were just out on a CCSD homework assignment. I think you folks are all just jumping to conclusions and these lads are just misunderstood.

  2. I work for an apartment complex and I see taggers at work everyday. We have guys that come through and will tag and area sometimes right after we pass through. It seems like everyday we have to clean up after them and that we have repair the damage so much it is not funny. On one day about a month ago we had almost every common area hit and even some of the buildings.

    Come on do you think metro is going to do something about catching the taggers that hit the private sector, hell no they are too busy looking for people to shoot and worrying about speeders and j walkers.

    And what about the homeless population i had a guy yell and scream at me because i told him to get a job and stop bugging me for smokes.

  3. its possible that the original paintings were graffiti from 1000 years ago. These punks just updated it. 1000 years from now people will look at the graffiti and marvel.

  4. Hank jr. said it best when he said.
    " I'd like to spit some beechnut in that dudes eye and shoot him with my ole 45 cause a country boy can survive "

  5. I appreciate this being a news story. This is the kind of thing that deserves a stiff penalty. Defacing public property is a serious offense, if for no other reason it is disrespectful towards what should be a respect authority.

    Unfortunately, the authority in Las Vegas is it's own gang now with a reputation for "smoking fools" for making "furtive moves" and "selling marijuana."

    We need to get all these gangs in check, and install a new authority that actually has the respect to prevent this kind of behavior in the first place.

  6. It's a big rock. Get over it. about slow news days.

  7. Okay, okay.

    I admit that it's very attractive...for a rock. LOL

  8. Morons. It should be legal to shoot these idiots on sight. This will not be appreciated 10000 years from now, those people will just wonder why we did not care about our history. shoot just like a dog chasing deer.