Four teens arrested on graffiti charges

March 22, 2008 11:56:04 AM PDT
Santa Rosa police have arrested four juvenile Piner High School students on suspicion of causing more than $10,000 of graffiti damage in the city since October.

Three 15-year-old boys and a 13-year-old boy were arrested Thursday morning for felony vandalism and conspiracy, Sgt. Lisa Banayat said. The tagging crew etched or painted their nicknames and crew names on businesses and walls, bridges and utility boxes throughout Santa Rosa.

The targets were 25 windows at Comstock Middle School, Sears Department Store in the Santa Rosa Plaza, Warming Trends on South A Street, the Roxy Theater on Santa Rosa Avenue and Meyers Restaurant and Supply on Cleveland Avenue, Banayat said.

Police served search warrants at three northwest Santa Rosa homes Thursday and found marking pens, spray paints and notebooks with writings consistent with graffiti linking the suspects to the crimes and tagging crew, Banayat said.

The arrests came after graffiti abatement program coordinator Georgia Pedgrift and school resource officer Alan Rosenthal began investigating a crew of juveniles who attend Piner High School, Banayat said.