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UPDATE: Spokane Police Arrest Prolific Graffiti Tagger

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police arrested a prolific graffiti tagger over the weekend who is believed to have caused property damage throughout the city of Spokane as well as Spokane County in excess of $50,000.
 
On March 10, 2012 just before 8 pm, a witness called police stating that he saw two young men spray painting a building near Bernard and Pacific in downtown Spokane.  Officer Tiffany Iverson and Officer Alexis Kester arrived at the scene moments later and spoke with the men, identified as 25-year-old Lance Perkins and 25-year-old Justin Galles. 
 
According to police, both Perkins and Galles had cans of spray paint and paint markers in hand when officers arrived. Both Perkins and Galles were booked into jail for four counts each of Malicious Mischief (Graffiti). 
 
Perkins has previously been arrested for Malicious Mischief including July of 2011.
 
Police said Perkins historically tagged property throughout the City and County with the numbers "57". Four downtown businesses within several blocks of the location Perkins and Galles were found have been recent victims of "57" in blue and yellow spray paint. 
 
Graffiti Abatement Prevention Coordinator Eric Walker said police have been working diligently to identify the person responsible for tagging "57" and variations of "57" all over Spokane and Spokane County for the past several years. 
 
Walker said police use crime trend tracking as well as property crime analysis to further investigate this case. He said additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues.
 
PREVENTION:
  
Why should you be concerned about graffiti? Graffiti is a serious crime that impacts all members of the community. Removing graffiti and repairing the damage it causes costs community tax dollars. Properties can be devalued and business owners can lose customers from the negative image that graffiti generates. Moreover, the presence of graffiti can send the message that a community is in decline or over-ridden with crime.

How can you report graffiti? You can help reduce graffiti by immediately reporting all graffiti sightings. The faster graffiti is cleaned up, the less it appears. To Report Graffiti, call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

If you witness someone committing graffiti vandalism: Call 911 immediately! Never confront a graffiti vandal. If you spot a site where graffiti has occurred, call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

What else can you do to help fight graffiti? Volunteer! To volunteer to help remove graffiti, send an email to graffiti@spokanesheriff.org

 

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