Cops Nab Six Teens for Graffiti

Group Caught Spray-Painting Mural near Railroad Tracks

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Santa Barbara police officers last Thursday chased down and detained six teenagers — five boys and one girl, ages 15 to 17 — after they were spotted spray painting a wall along the train tracks near the Junipero Street Footbridge.

According to a police department spokesperson, an officer was stationed on the bridge to assist with security for Vice President Joe Biden during his recent visit to Santa Barbara when he smelled fresh paint and heard the sound of rattling spray cans.

The officer looked toward the railroad tracks, the spokesperson said, “and saw a group of vandals at work, using flashlights to illuminate the 30-foot by 6-foot section of wall they were painting and even stopping briefly to photograph their handiwork.”

Several officers arrived for reinforcement, and they approached the group of teens. Though the juveniles scattered in all directions, officers were able to detain all six after short foot pursuits.

They were released to their parents at police headquarters, and the case has been forwarded to the Juvenile Probation Department for review and the filing of the following misdemeanor charges: vandalism, trespass on railroad property, and resisting or delaying an officer.

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NICE WORK! Busted because of Joe Biden....Anyway, hopefully the Juvenile Dept won't drop the ball on this one. I think they would have been better off spending a few days in the hall initially. So tired of looking at all that #$@% and having to pay for it being cleaned up. Also, when one of them gets run over crossing the freeway it would be everyone else's fault.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2012 at 12:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Punishment should be cleaning up graffiti around town.

passagerider (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2012 at 5:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Punishment would be a belt across the a**.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2012 at 6:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

AZ: I think a belting is way too easy. I say make them fill out an Evironmental Impact Report.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No, no, how about cleaning up skid row instead?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2012 at 6:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I too dislike unsightly graffiti but we have all seen brilliant and artful displays created on public walls with cans of spraypaint. Would be interesting to see a photo of what they "created" before it is erased. I know that successful mural displays have been commissioned by exasperated cities to collaborate with rather than fight graffiti artists in urban areas throughout the US. Maybe some thought ought to be given to providing a concrete canvas somewhere here in SB. I can see it now: rigorous peer review, art critics raves, maybe a wine and cheese reception and a meet and greet with the artists. Oh, wait a minute, these were teenagers. Okay, Red Bull and Cheetos.

jeffchemnick (anonymous profile)
April 25, 2012 at 8:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Mexicani Ite Domum", er, I mean "Romani."

Now write that a hundred times on all our bridges and walls and don't do it again!

Draxor (anonymous profile)
April 25, 2012 at 9:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

These punks need to be made the "poster kids" for graffiti cleanup. They should have to perform no less than 200 hours each of community service removing their & others' handiwork from the community. They should also give a speech at an assembly in front of their respective student bodies assuming they are still in school.

Barron (anonymous profile)
April 25, 2012 at 10:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Totally agree with AZ (as usual) and Jeff. I can see the critics and a wine and cheese reception to follow. But I do agree that sometimes the taggers can create beautiful art pieces. I think we should have a huge canvas for kids to be able to put their work on, going about deciding what is and is not "ok" for Santa Barbaraians to have in their town as 'art" will be a whole other battle though. I'm sure they'll be forced to use enviornmentally friendly save-the-whales-give-a-hoot-don't-pollute paint though. But in the meantime, give 'em a whipping with a belt as AZ suggested!

Muggy (anonymous profile)
April 25, 2012 at 1:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Aw, come on eses, they were welcoming Joe Biden w/ a mural to show how welcoming we Santa Bruta locals are! Orale homes, they're arteests, not thugs, they're backing the man who backs illegal immigration :) enrique

hank (anonymous profile)
April 25, 2012 at 9:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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