Azusa teen suspected of graffiti vandalism

AZUSA — Police chased down and arrested a 15-year-old alleged graffiti vandal late Saturday, authorities said.
An Azusa police gang officer was patrolling about 10:40 p.m. when he noticed the teen spray-painting graffiti on the wall of a business in the 300 block of North Azusa Avenue, Azusa police Cpl. Rick Hayden said in a written statement.
“As the officer approached, the teen saw the officer and a short foot pursuit ensued with the teen hiding in a backyard,” he said. The teen, later identified as an Azusa resident, was soon arrested without further incident.
After being booked, Hayden said, the teen was released to a guardian with a written promise to appear in court.
The value of the graffiti damage was estimated at $200.
Hayden said Azusa police have a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to graffiti, and anyone who witnesses a vandalism is encouraged to call the police.
“The City of Azusa also seeks restitution from convicted graffiti vandals and/or their parents to pay for the cost of repairing the damage,” he added.
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Azusa teens suspected in graffiti vandalism

AZUSA — Police arrested two Azusa teens Wednesday on suspicion of graffiti vandalism, officials said.
A citizen called police about 5:05 p.m. to report seeing three teenage boys writing graffiti on signs in the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy, 101. W. Foothill Blvd., Azusa police Cpl. Andy Rodriguez said.
Officers detained the boys and ultimately arrested two of them, he said. The young suspects admitted to scrawling the graffiti.
After being booked on suspicion of vandalism, the teens were released to their parents with written promises to appear in court, police said.
The graffiti caused an estimated $200 worth of damage, Rodriguez said.
“The Azusa Police Department encourages anyone who witnesses graffiti-related crime to immediately contact the police,” Rodriguez said. “With the public’s help, the Azusa Police Department has seen a significant increase in the number of vandalism-related arrests and successful prosecutions.”

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Inside vandalized Glendora house

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A lot of people I talked to today seemed pretty angry about this tagging incident. A story will run in Thursday’s paper. In the meantime. here’s a photo I took of owner Nathan Mizrahi looking at a wall near the entrance of the house in question.
Police say these guys are using technology just like the rest of us. They probably bought the paint on the Internet and they probably post their exploits on YouTube.

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