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Outlaw artist arrested in Parksville graffiti tagging spree

Parksville, BC, Canada / The Lounge 99.9
Outlaw artist arrested in Parksville graffiti tagging spree

PARKSVILLE —  A 23-year-old man who police believe ravaged Parksville with more than 100 graffiti tags over the past few months was arrested for a second time in recent weeks.

Cpl. Jesse Foreman said the man was caught by an undercover officer Wednesday in Parksville, using recent video surveillance from a French Creek church to connect the dots.

“Upon arrest he had several spray paint containers and jiffy markers and other things on his person,” said Foreman. “It’s something he’s heavily invested in, I’m not sure why but that’s not something for me to decide.”

Foreman said police didn’t have enough evidence to detain the suspect following an initial arrest on March 11.

He said it’s believed the man, who was scheduled to make a court appearance in Nanaimo Thursday, worked alone in creating the eyesores.

Foreman said spray painted phrases of RONES, which include jiffy markers on public and private properties throughout the Parksville area, had been “a huge public concern.”

“It costs the City and taxpayers in turn a heck of a lot of money,” Foreman said. “It’s really frustrating.”

Foreman said the offences could result in multiple criminal code offences of mischief under $5,000.


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