Second trio of graffiti suspects arrested in San Luis Obispo on Sunday

Three South County teenagers were arrested Sunday night after they allegedly vandalized dozens of businesses and other property in downtown San Luis Obispo.

At 8:15 p.m., a resident called 911 after seeing three male juveniles placing stickers on street signs, garbage cans and parking meters in the 800 block of Monterey Street, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

An officer found the three in the area a short time later. Arrested were a 17-year-old boy from Shell Beach and a 15-year-old and 16-year-old from Grover Beach. Their names are not being released because they are minors.

Officers said the trio had numerous stickers, markers and bottles filled with paint. They also had paint on their hands and clothing, according to the news release. A vehicle belonging to one of the teens was found in the downtown area and had additional paint, markers and stickers inside.

Police say the group vandalized more than a dozen businesses and numerous other items, including parking meters, electrical boxes, trash cans and street signs. The damage and cleanup costs are estimated to be more than $1,000.

The teens are also believed to be responsible for additional vandalism that was found in the 800 block of Palm earlier that day.

All three were released to their parents after their arrests.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 781-7317 or Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP.

Earlier Sunday, a separate trio had been arrested for allegedly using spray paint to graffiti residences, businesses, sidewalks and trees in the 800 block of Boysen Avenue in San Luis Obispo.

Arrested in that case were Fabio Cesar Qaswan, 23, of Canoga Park, Richard Ralph Price, 30, of Nipomo and 25-year-old Christopher Glen Knowles of Cayucos. The suspects were booked into County Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism and were booked in lieu of posting $10,000 bail each.