Arrest Juvenile in Graffiti Case - Community Takes Back Ownership

by admin / Jan 19, 2015 / 0 comments
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By: Local Motion
On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the Placerville Police Department made an arrest in the graffiti case that has plagued the city. Within hours community volunteers sprung into action in a spontaneous move to take back their community.
According to the Placerville Police department:
Over the last couple of weeks, the Placerville Police Department has had an increase in graffiti occurring throughout the city. All of the tagging was very similar, indicating that it may have been one person or the same group of people engaging in this destructive behavior. The Placerville Police Department has been actively investigating this case and was able to identify a suspect. The juvenile suspect was arrested by the Placerville Police Department after a probation search of his residence. The juvenile was arrested for felony vandalism, Penal Code Section 594, and booked at the El Dorado County Juvenile Hall.
The graffiti has been located along Reservoir Alley, Green Valley Road area, and El Dorado High School. The damage is estimated at over $5000.
If anyone has additional information regarding this investigation, please contact the Placerville Police Department at (530)642-5210.
Soon after, pictures appeared on the countywide Neighborhood Watch type group on Facebook with over 16,000 local members.  Within hours the community page was active in planning to combat the recent crimes.  Pictures were shared of the damages and groups spontaneously coalesced.  One group's actions were reported by MJ Fox who wrote: "Punks can't keep locals down!"
"Pressure washer, stiff scrub brush, metal brush and Awesome from the Dollar Tree. Oh, and a few sets of now-sore shoulders and backs. (Wine and beer would have been great. A Bloody Mary would have been perfect actually now that I think of it.) 8 awesome people and a dog called Myla. (Short for My Love)"
One of may members expressing a community "Thank You" to the volunteers expressed it well with, "Thanks, MJ, and all the hard working volunteers!!"
Spray painting punks are part of modern life, but in a community like this, they will not be able to leave a mark.  Not with community pride and unity like this.