Two men are in jail after police say they went around downtown Charleston carving graffiti onto cars and marking up front doors of several businesses.

Benjamin Drew Gable, 24, of Inman is charged with 14 counts of vandalism and three counts of illegal graffiti vandalism.

Joseph Gregory Mappin, 18, of Greenwood is charged with three counts of illegal graffiti vandalism.

The two are accused of carving “various words and phrases” into the trunks and hoods of 14 cars around Archdale and Queen streets, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said. Police were notified of those acts of vandalism about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police were called to check out vandalism to several businesses around King and Hasell streets about 9:30 a.m. Monday. Somebody had used a marker to draw designs on front doors, Francis said.

Police did not specify the designs that were drawn on the doors or the words or phrases that were carved on the cars.

Gable and Mappin are being held in the Charleston County jail. They are set to face a municipal judge Friday.

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