Teens arrested for tagging buildings
by TP staff
Mar 04, 2014 | 6514 views | 8 8 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy police arrested a pair of teenage boys for an alleged spree of graffiti on buildings in downtown and north Tracy on Saturday.

A 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were caught when someone reported seeing them painting graffiti on a building on the 200 block of West 11th Street at 8:11 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release issued Monday by Tracy Police Department.

Officers patrolling in the area were notified and found the boys, arresting them for the vandalism. The pair is alleged to have tagged the building with the monikers “SIKE” and “FTK.”

The same monikers were found on buildings on the 100 block of West 10th Street and the 1000 block of A Street and in a shopping center on the 3300 block of North Tracy Boulevard.

The boys were cited and turned over to their parents. If they are convicted, their families might have to reimburse the property owners and the city for the cost of cleaning up the graffiti, according to the police department.

Residents can report tagging they see to the Tracy Graffiti Removal Program by calling 831-6583.

• Contact the Tracy Press at 835-3030 or tpnews@tracypress.com.

Editor’s note: The Press has chosen not to publish images of the tags in accordance with our policy of not glorifying the vandalism.



 
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TPDisajoke
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March 05, 2014
Instead of catching this darn kids how about the Tracy police department get down and dirty and start taking down the older guys? Does the department honestly believe they're doing the right thing putting young kids away?? Or how about innocent proven guilty the police department just throw whoever they want without real reason. Tracy police department has become a laughing matter to all the surrounding police departments. JUST BECAUSE YOU CATCH PEOPLE AND PUT THEM AWAY DOESNT MEAN YOUR DOING THE TOWN JUSTICE! What happened to all the various program????? What happen to rehabilitation of a "criminal?" All they care about is their reputation. Pull it together and let's change the town!
warthog69
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March 05, 2014
What do you mean the families MIGHT have to pay? someone in this city make them pay it is not the hard working tax payers fault these punks were not brought up correct make the family suffer not us. Ohh probably not going to pay because they live off food stamps anyways if you cannot take what they don't have make the punks clean it up not on one or two but for the next several months
patRobertsen
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March 04, 2014
In an effort the falsify crime rate the chief reported this as one crime instead of reporting each building as a separate instance.
tommybahamaisahater
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March 05, 2014
I will say one thing the crime rate went down under the previous chief. She rounded up gangs with help of other PD's and State of California PD.
newtotracy
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March 04, 2014
excellent! getting tired of these punks "marking their territory" all over town. Pretty sure the businesses and residents are tired of paying to paint over this crap too.

throw 'em in the clink and fine the crap out of their parents.
JimHilson
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March 04, 2014
You forgot to give them 1000 hours of community service cleaning up their graffiti and any other graffiti in the entire county. We need to catch more of these kids and make them pay for their damages many times over. Harsh? Intentionally. Get caught and suffer big time. Maybe they will think twice before tagging everything in sight.
newtotracy
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March 04, 2014
you're right! in my excitement I forgot that they need to be out there cleaning till their little spray paint covered fingers fall off!!!

forgive me? ;-)
tommybahamaisahater
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March 06, 2014
Why would their fingers fall off? That did not come off (sic) sounding intelligent.


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