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Graffiti Children Caught

September 4, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday August 29, at about 6:45 in the evening, Blythe Police responded to the area of Alameda and Barnard in regarding to two males spray painting on a wall there. When Officers arrived, they found fresh graffiti to a wall in the area. A witness told officers the suspects had left, riding bicycles.

The witness pointed out the subjects who were now riding down Date Road. Officers responded to the area of Date Road, but did not find them in the area.

As the initial officer was continuing his investigation, a witness on Date Road called to report that the subjects had hidden when the officers had arrived in the area, but had now ridden down Date Road, and on to Hobsonway.

One of the subjects was contacted on Hobsonway in the area of Date Road. He was found to be in possession of a “Butterfly” knife, and detained. The second subject was contacted entering Albertsons. He was found to be in possession of a can of spray paint, and detained. Both suspects were 15 year old juveniles.

Two witnesses were brought to the scene separately, and the subjects were identified.

The case will be submitted to the Probation Department for filing of charges.


“I want to thank the good citizen who took the time to report this crime to the police” said Chief Steve Smith. He also pointed out that our City Council just approved a Graffiti Bounty Program. “This program is new and has not yet been put into place, but when it is up and running the Police Department will present $100.00 to every person who identifies and gives enough information for us to arrest suspects for graffiti vandalism. We will be asking the public, local businesses and service organizations for donations to fund this program so no general fund money will be used. We will be putting out a press release when this new program starts” Smith said.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at 922-6111 or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.

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