MIDDLETOWN — Graffiti artists are running amok — or, rather, "Emok" — in Middletown.

Middletown police have seen the tag "Emok" pop up on buildings around the city during the last year, Lt. Jeffry Thoelen said. They're now asking the public for help in finding those responsible for the vandalism.

The tag has been spotted in Fancher-Davidge Park and on the old Rockland Psychiatric Hospital site grounds, Thoelen said.

"Pretty much anywhere in the city," Thoelen said.

Police aren't sure if it's a single person or a group responsible for the image being plastered throughout the city, Thoelen said. A post to the department's Facebook page called the unwanted art "illegal, unsightly and difficult to remove."

"These tags have been found throughout our city and in our neighboring jurisdictions, and we want to hold the person responsible for the damage he or she has caused," the post read.

City police continue to investigate the graffiti and encourage anyone with information regarding the tags to contact the department.

Any tips can be forwarded to the department's office by phone at 343-3151, anonymously through the Nixle app, or through the department's website at www.middletownpolice.com.

rettlinger@th-record.com