Police: Prolific teenage graffiti vandal arrested in Azusa

AZUSA — Police arrested a 14-year-old probationer Friday for dozens of acts of graffiti vandalism, and plan to charge the boy’s mother for the $5,100 worth of damage he caused, police said.
Officers from the Azusa Police Department’s Gang Specialist Unit carried out a search about 8:25 a.m. at the boy’s home in the 500 block of East Gladstone Street, Azusa police Sgt. John Madaloni said in a written statement. They were following up on an investigation into whoever was responsible for the dozens of vandalism incidents over the past six months.
The officers found “an abundance of graffiti tools and graffiti samples consistent with the open investigation,” Madaloni said.
The teen was booked at the Azusa Police Department’s jail and subsequently identified and confessed to 51 individual acts of graffiti vandalism, the sergeant said.
He was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey.
“In addition to the pending criminal charges, the vandal’s mother was also issued an administrative citation for the documented damages,” Madaloni said.

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