Young 'Prolific Tagger' Tied to $18K in Oceanside Vandalism

Police say the boy admitted to doing the graffiti and vandalism

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 08: A spray can sits atop a wall strewn with graffiti on May 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Grafitti Control Amendment Act passed in the NSW legislative council yesterday includes tougher penalties a the ability for local courts to enforce community clean up duty on offenders. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

     Oceanside Police have arrested a boy they say is responsible for more than $18,000 worth of tagging throughout the city.

    Investigators have been tracking the work of one “prolific tagger” for more than a year, and this week, they got a break in the case.

    On Thursday, officers carried out a probation check on the juvenile’s home in the 5100 block of Barry Street as a follow-up investigation into a series of graffiti and vandalism incidents.

    As they searched the house, the police spotted items in the boy’s bedroom that were “consistent with the juvenile being the suspected tagger,” according to a release from OPD officials.

    Officers arrested the boy and took him to the police department.

    During an interview, they say the youth admitted to more than $18,000 in tagging. He was booked into juvenile hall for felony vandalism.