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Man arrested for allegedly hurling rocks at government cars and a business in Arroyo Grande

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An Atascadero man was arrested Thursday after allegedly throwing rocks at county-owned vehicles and through the window of a business in Arroyo Grande.

At about 11:55 a.m., Arroyo Grande police officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of E. Grand Avenue for a report of a vandalism in progress in the parking lot of the San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services, the Police Department said in a news release Friday.

The department says witnesses reported a man throwing large rocks at the windshields of San Luis Obispo County-owned vehicles, causing damage.

The man then continued walking down East Grand Avenue, where an Arroyo Grande police officer saw him throw several rocks through the window of a business in the 900 block of E. Grand Avenue, causing “substantial damage,” the news release said.

The man, later identified as 20-year-old Anthony Christopher Panos of Atascadero, was placed under arrest without further incident.

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SLO County Sheriff's Office

He was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism causing more than $400 in damage. He remained in custody Friday afternoon in lieu of $20,000 bail, according to jail logs.

A booking photo for Panos had not been approved for release Friday afternoon, and Arroyo Grande Police Chief Beau Pryor did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

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Matt Fountain is The San Luis Obispo Tribune’s courts and investigations reporter. A San Diego native, Fountain graduated from Cal Poly’s journalism department in 2009 and cut his teeth at the San Luis Obispo New Times before joining The Tribune as a crime and breaking news reporter in 2014.
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