Two Paso Robles teens were arrested Friday night after a witness reported they were spray-painting graffiti in a local park, Paso Robles Police Department officials said.
Police arrested 18-year-old Lance Lacouture of Paso Robles and a 17-year-old male.
Both were detained after police observed them walking out of Melody Park in eastern Paso Robles.
Police found several graffiti “tags” in the park, which the boys admitted to scrawling.
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They also had spray-paint cans and other graffiti-related materials in their possession. Both were arrested and taken to the Paso Robles Police Department.
Police interviewed both teens and as a result of those interviews and a review of graffiti cases going back to February, Lacouture was booked on suspicion of 30 additional incidents of graffiti vandalism.
These incidents occurred throughout Paso Robles and included graffiti painted on vehicles, commercial businesses, walls and bridges. The estimated damage in these cases is approximately $2,273.00.
Lacouture was booked into County Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism. His bail was set at $10,000. The 17-year-old was released to his parents pending an appearance in juvenile court.
Police tallied more than $200,000 in graffiti vandalism damage in Paso Robles last year, according to a news release.