DETROIT (WXYZ) - "Unfortunately, once in a great while, degenerates who don’t 'get it' crawl out of their deep dark holes and try to ruin it for the rest of us who take pride in and deeply care about our city." That's what businessman Dan Gilbert wrote about three young women who were caught on surveillance video vandalizing a building in downtown Detroit.
Gilbert attached the surveillance photos of the young women to an email in hopes that his employees would post them to "Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. to expand the network of people who might be able to identify the perpetrators," Gilbert wrote.
The young women Gilbert referred to as the "three fancy ladies" were caught on surveillance video on June 22, spray painting obscenities on the rear side of 1001 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.
Gilbert urged anyone who had information to email him "as to whom these clowns might be."
And Gilbert's plan worked!
Detroit Police were able to identify the young women who turned out to be three teenagers from Grosse Pointe Woods.
Someone close to the investigation tells 7 Action News that two 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old have been questioned about the incident and each has confessed.
Detroit Police expect to turn their case over to prosecutors later this week for possible charges.
"Prosecute to the fullest. And don't come up with this 'oh these are nice little girls. Let's let them wash the walls down'. What would you do to ghetto kids?," said Larry Mongo, owner of Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy, who has been attacked by some vandals he's actually caught in the act around his business.
Mongo is now hopeful that police and prosecutors will be able to make a strong case against the teenagers that will send a message to anyone else who ponders spray painting someone's business.
"The law did not really work for me," said Mongo. "I've been fighting this for five years and nothing happened, but it worked for Mr. Gilbert, thank you."