SBPD Officers Arrest Graffiti Vandal

Caught Spray Painting Downtown Fence Line

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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Cheyne Watkins
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Cheyne Watkins

Santa Barbara police arrested 23-year-old Cheyne Watkins early Saturday morning for felony vandalism and misdemeanor resisting an officer after he was caught graffiting a green tarp-covered fence downtown.

Two officers were patrolling on the 500 block of Chapala Street when they noticed a citizen pointing them in the direction of 00 West Cota Street. They turned the corner, said SBPD spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood, and saw Watkins near the southeast corner of the intersection spray painting along the fence line.

When the officers confronted him, Harwood went on, Watkins fled but was quickly captured. “Investigation revealed that Watkins had defaced approximately 324 square feet of private property fencing,” said Harwood.

He was booked into County Jail with a bail amount of $20,000.


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Another stereotypical gang banger tagger alien by the looks of the photo.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2013 at 4:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hard time proving too much damage when it was just tarp that was spray-painted, and if it's good stuff he gave them free Art. I'd rather have artistic grafitti than the glare of endless white stucco.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2013 at 4:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

John_Adams: He could be Canadian. They learn English aboot the same way we do, (Canadian is the national language) they come in here and take over. Did you ever see Canadian Bacon with John Candy?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2013 at 6:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Looks like an Irishman to me and you know what means, trouble has come to Santa Barbara.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2013 at 6:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The difference between art and graffiti is permission.

Data files of other acts of vandalism will be compared on the police computers and if they find a match, and they are good with this, plus after sharing the data around the state, the total amount of damage linked to this idiot could reach felony levels.

Good work, both citizen report and police quick action. Slimeball idiot Banksi wannabe, you can run but you sure could not hide.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2013 at 8:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A quick glance at his facebook profile shows some art he has done. Also, not Irish or Canadian, but San Diegan.

laxer (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2013 at 11:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I wonder what would happen to him if he had been arrested for this in Singapore. Likely that he would think twice before engaging in such anti-social activities again.

banjo (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 11:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank ? that we don't live in Singapore! Why would anyone want to wonder about that given their draconian law set....
Thanks to the PD for keeping our streets safe, another dangerous person lifted from liberty! Maybe they can pay a visit to DC ( Dick Cheney) and arrest him for all his crimes (lies, looting, stealing). I heard he bought a house around here.

spacey (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 12:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They haven't indicated what the grafitti is or was of. Has anyone seen it?

How long have residents complained about that very same tarp?!

I consider stabbing a far worse crime than some painted tarp.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 12:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If this alleged crook is from San Diego, you can bet the police are comparing his graffiti markings with San Diego police right now.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 12:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Foo, do you think his crime is equal to insisting on paying your EOS bar tab with Euros then physically assaulting the bar staff? Which is worse?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 12:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Spacey - If anyone deserves to be arrested, not by the PD, but by the feds, it's the idiot from Kenya in the White House! But then again, no evidence for an arrest as he, along with his clueless leaders, don't know anything when it comes to identifying wrongdoing. They all know how to commit illegal acts and are very astute about claiming lack of knowledge.

whatsinsb (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 1:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow, whatsinsb, you have to have a really huge, unhealthy obsession with Obama to derail an article about graffiti in SB to him. Don't forget to stay on your meds.

Ken, comparing this crime to others has no value. Graffiti is illegal and should be dealt with accordingly. It doesn't matter if it was on a tarp or on the Court House.

His punishment is clear to me: he has to clean it all off and pay for all the tools and materials required. Finally, Mr. Pasty White has to give lectures to the bangers on the perils of spray painting. I'd pay admission to see that.

SezMe (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 2:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I was asking a commentator to compare their conduct to Watkins.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 2:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

kenyan? really?

alllllriiiiiighty then.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 2:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

KV: both acts are against the law, and have commensurate penalties when convicted. Others have already worked out this apparent dilemma for you. CA Penal Code explains this distinction; if you need more detail.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 4:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Van Gogh to straight jail.
Do not collect $200.

Sentence: One Year graffiti removal around the city,
or 5-years in jail. His choice.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 8:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Do we pay a $150,000 a year cop to follow him around for that year to make sure he is cleaning graffiti, or do we spend $47,000 a year and put him in jail to discuss his tortured artistic soul with Bubba.

Let's see how much total damage he has caused his fellow citizens first, to see which would be the better bargain.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 10:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Do we hear an "i"?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2013 at 10:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No, foo, the cops just tell him, "See that graffiti? Make sure it's gone by 4 pm or else your dinner will be on the county's dime."

SezMe (anonymous profile)
June 20, 2013 at 3:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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