A 17-year-old Lake Elsinore resident was arrested on Wednesday Apr. 11 for allegedly going on a four-month graffiti spree throughout Lake Elsinore.
After a lengthy investigation by the Lake Elsinore Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team, investigators determined the male juvenile was responsible for a swath of graffiti, Sgt. Raymond Nava stated.
“Graffiti has recently become a bigger problem in Lake Elsinore,” Sgt. Nava explained. “We feel we are making a significant impact with our task force investigations.”
The Graffiti Task Force is working diligently to crack down on graffiti vandals.
The Task Force is a group of resources combining Public Works, Code Enforcement, Parks and Recreation, Information Technology and the Police Department, a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department press release stated.
Sgt. Nava added that most people who vandalize with graffiti have specific monikers which act like a unique signature or stamp.
“With the collaboration of the several agencies working together we are able through our investigations to find out who the unique signatures belong to and work to eradicate the vandalism.”
The teenage suspect who was recently arrested committed nine acts of graffiti vandalism with damages in excess of $1,500, officials reported.
The Lake Elsinore Police Department advises residents who see a graffiti vandalism in progress to call 911 or call the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch non-emergency line at 951-776-1099.
Citizens can request graffiti removal by calling the Lake Elsinore Graffiti Hotline at 951-674-2701 or submit a request online at www.lake-elsinore.org.
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