August 26, 2008

Teens Are Held in L.B. Tagging

By Kelly Puente

LONG BEACH - Two juveniles were arrested on suspicion of vandalism Sunday after police caught the duo on an alleged daylight tagging spree in Belmont Shore.

The suspects, two Long Beach boys ages 12 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of 14 counts of vandalism for allegedly spray-painting their monikers on residences and city trash cans throughout the upscale neighborhood, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Dina Zapalski.

Zapalski said the juveniles live in the immediate area.

The juveniles could face probation or a harsher sentence, depending on prior arrest records, she added.

A witness reported the taggers at about 6 p.m. in the area of Livingston Drive and Broadway.

Officers detained one suspect in the 4900 block of Broadway and found a second in the area of Fourth Street and Park Avenue, Zapalski said.

Zapalski said the 14 locations vandalized included the 4900 block of Broadway, the 200 block of Argonne Avenue, the 200 block of St. Joseph Avenue, and portions of Park and Granada avenues.

Police also recovered cans of spray paint, she added.

Anyone who was vandalized in the area and has not yet reported it to police should call the LBPD's Juvenile Youth Services Division at 562-570-1425.

[email protected], 562-499-1305

(c) 2008 Press-Telegram Long Beach, CA.. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.