Teenage boy arrested for graffiti crimes in Fallbrook; admits to 18 incidents

Sgt. Patrick Yates of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept., Fallbrook substation, said late yesterday (Wed., May 7) that Fallbrook Crime Suppression Team deputies had arrested a 15-year-old boy who will face 18 charges of graffiti.

The juvenile was arrested at about 10 a.m. at Fallbrook High School and admitted to 18 incidences of graffiti.

Yates said tagging crews (those committing graffiti crimes) in Fallbrook had been under investigation for approximately two months.

“The juvenile arrested was determined to be a prolific tagger who focused on the downtown business district, the Pico Promenade walking trail, and other areas surrounding downtown Fallbrook,” said Yates.

Estimated damage caused by this juvenile is about $2,000. He was booked into Juvenile Hall on vandalism charges.

16 Responses to "Teenage boy arrested for graffiti crimes in Fallbrook; admits to 18 incidents"

  1. grunt   May 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Hope he has to reimburse the funds. One good way would be mandatory Saturday working parties to repair, repaint damage done – working off the $2000 at minimum wage. Let his friends come and watch (laugh at him?) Letting parents pay often has no effect on the kid, unless they really take an interest in the child.

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  2. ...   May 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I wonder if this is the little dummy that spray painted two black lines on my car that was parked near a fence that was recently sprayed. Looks like two fools were having a spraying contest. One fool spray painted green on that fence and another fool (probably this one) spray painted black on the same fence, and also crossed out the green spray paint. Do something better with your loser life and leave my car alone. Now I have to buy the materials to wipe this paint off and just thinking about it makes me mad. Just respect others stuff and that’s it. One of the things I hate the most, people disrespecting others property or damaging others property.

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  3. grumpy   May 8, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    a person must feel utterly powerless and insignificant to commit such acts of public desecration…i abhor what this boy did but at the same time feel sorry for him…better he pay his debt by picking up trash and other acts of public service

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  4. Reality Checker   May 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    You feel sorry for this little plunk, grumpy? Why? I have no sympathy for little criminals that have no respect for other or their property. It’s usually because they were never tought better, never disciplined, never tought the value of hard work. Just tought to be spoiled greedy selfish little adolescent juvenile delinquents. No sympathy from me. At all.

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  5. Liveoakparker   May 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Do you know how many pesos he will have to pay to make $2000.

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  6. Come on   May 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I just love how liveoakparker assumes the juvenile was Hispanic! What’s up with that!!! That’s just stereotype should be ashamed of yourself!

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  7. Neighbor   May 11, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Tagger in Fallbrook, Hispanic? ….How dare you assume such a thing. Shame one you!

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  8. Liveoakparker   May 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    #10 Come on I would be ashamed except for 3 little things
    Look at what part of town it was in
    Who does 99% of the tagging in town
    And My son works with his older brother (Ha Ha) COME ON

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  9. Lee   May 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Young man, come on, you are better than that. You know darn well that tagging public and private property not your own is wrong and illegal. Come on. You have committed a wrong and, well, you will learn from that to be a better person tomorrow.

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, although graffiti and tagging private and public property is wrong no doubt, there is a bigger underlying issue here: our youth seeking an outlet through artistic means. Again, this young man will learn — OK — but I think there should be opportunities for young, artistic folks like him to be able to express themselves. If you have never seen graffiti — GREAT graffiti — please check it out online. These folks aren’t criminals; they are exceptional artists!

    Therefore, I propose that the newly-planned Fallbrook Skatepark have a couple or few murals where these artists could spray their graffiti. Why not? They could perhaps clean the park for one week and then get to display their graffiti for a week. Something like that. The park stays clean; teenagers get to spray their graffiti in a safe, secure and controlled environment; and our downtown is not sprayed. It’s a win-win, I believe. Local businesses should embrace this! Or, what if Fallbrook’s School of the Arts had a few murals for young folks to tag? Again, they could keep the place clean in exchange for tagging. Something like that.

    All I’m proposing is a sensible solution to a matter that (A) isn’t really a problem or crime, and (B) that requires an artistic solution which is easy to attain.

    Thank you.

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  10. Liveoakparker   May 12, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Lee,
    What are you smoking? It must be good (SHARE)
    These guys are not doing art. They are writing there names or monikers they are punks
    Below you will find 2 definitions of tagging

    Much like, but not to be confused with graffiti. Tagging is signing your name or other representation of yourself on anywhere public. (walls, bus-stops, alleyways, paved streets, etc.) Unlike graffiti, tagging usually takes less time and skill as it is done in one color with a single can of spray paint or thick marker.

    Tagging is not an art form or about expressing oneself. It is vandalism and the destruction of private and public property. Tagging is any unauthorized marking, etching, scratching, drawing, painting or defacing of any surface of public, private, real or personal property.

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  11. DR DR   May 13, 2014 at 11:40 am

    They are usually marking there territory of said gang group – so other gangs don’t come in and try to sell drugs to their side… they are just like dogs.

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  12. selfunderstanding   May 13, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Liveoakparker please educate us about "parts of town". This mentality saddens me. I recently saw a RE ad (maybe in this paper) "close to town but not too close". Sad.

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  13. Towner   May 13, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    LEE – actually has the most valuable comment on here! Propose it to the Chamber/other town politicians!

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  14. Lee   May 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    @ #13 Towner

    Thank you; greatly appreciate your kind words.

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  15. Lefty   May 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    "You feel sorry for this little plunk, grumpy? Why? I have no sympathy for little criminals that have no respect for other or their property. It’s usually because they were never tought better, never disciplined, never tought the value of hard work. Just tought to be spoiled greedy selfish little adolescent juvenile delinquents. No sympathy from me. At all."

    Reality Checker. Please, please think before you write. You say you have no sympathy and then you provide a perfect example of a reason to feel sympathetic. You say that he/she was never taught better, yet you still take no the low road and pass blame.

    As for the racism from others, you should be ashamed.

    Hopefully this young man will learn something from his experience and make better of himself.

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  16. Yoshi   May 14, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Kids will be kids – I remember doing the same thing as a kid in Japan. I know it’s wrong but kids like to express themselves. I think ther should be more non – permanent paints out there that just wash off in the rain. That would be one solution.

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