Investigation Leads to Arrest of Tagger

Graffiti Task Force Detective S. Smith culminated a graffiti investigation which began in June of 2011 and ended Friday, January 27, 2012 with the apprehension of a 16-year-old male.

The investigation revealed the juvenile offender had been responsible for spraying graffiti on a Texas Department of Transportation electronic message board in the 4100 block of S. Staples on June 20th, 2011.  The damage was estimated at $2,400.

At the time of the damage, the suspect remained unidentified, but the offender was arrested in October 2011.  This arrest provided evidence that eventually linked him to the graffiti vandalism in June.

The juvenile vandal was taken into custody at a local high school and transported to the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center, where he was charged with Graffiti over $1,500 <$20,000.  Graffiti vandalism of this amount is considered a State Jail Felony, punishable by as much as two years in state prison and fined up to $10,000. In addition to the criminal charges, parents of juvenile graffiti vandals can be held liable in civil court for the amount of damages caused by their errant children.

The CCPD is hosting a Neighborhood Meeting February 1st, 6:00 PM at the South Park Middle School Cafeteria, 3001 McArdle Road.  The meeting is intended to engage residents of the 78415 zip code with the Police Department and other City and State partners to eradicate graffiti in their neighborhood.

The meeting will include information on the reporting of graffiti, the filing of police vandalism reports via our Telephone Reporting Unit or Online Reporting,  and how to remain anonymous when calling tips on suspects committing crime.