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Florida Graffiti Artist Runs Out of Paint, Apologizes

PALM BAY, Fla. - It may not be an unfinished Picasso, but police say one graffiti artist left behind a costly, incomplete work with a special note for potential critics.

The piece, spray-painted in bright purple against a white concrete wall, reads "Solo."

But the artist, apparently frustrated that he came up short on paint supplies, scrawled an almost apologetic side-note that read, "ran out of purple," Palm Bay Police Officer Dan Fisher noted.

"We don't know who it is, but the last 'O' is not totally finished. He ran out of purple," Fisher said.

The "artist" - once caught - faces a criminal mischief charge for the $200 worth of damage left behind, Fisher said.

"It may not be the crime of the century but it doesn't need to go on," Fisher said of the vandalism.

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