Monday, May 11, 2009

Suspected Tagging Crew Arrested

Friday afternoon, officers served search warrants in Roseville, Rocklin and Citrus Heights, and arrested five individuals suspected of at least 318 separate incidents of graffiti vandalism. They are suspected members of a "tagging team" that caused $36,840 in property damage in Roseville alone. The group is also being investigated for an additional $80,000 in property damage in Sacramento County and on Union Pacific Railroad property.

The arrests were the culmination of a five-month Roseville Police Department investigation. Union Pacific Railroad Police and Placer County Probation officers assisted Roseville Police in today's arrests.

The Roseville Police Department receives hundreds of complaints about graffiti annually. The City of Roseville is committed to maintaining the City's clean appearance,and has a "no tolerance" policy toward graffiti. Residents are encouraged to report graffiti by calling the City's graffiti hotline at (916)746-1021. If the graffiti is on City property, city crews will document it and clean it up within days. If it is on private property, property owners are notified and asked to clean it up within 10 days. The Placer County Court fully supports Roseville's anti-graffiti stance, and orders convicted graffiti vandals to pay full restitution for the damages they have caused.

Corey Simpson-Upmeyer, 19, of Citrus Heights; Mikhail Russu, 20, of Roseville; Andrey Petkov, 18, of North Highlands; and Frederick Rivera-Valdivia, 19, of North Highlands were arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, conspiracy, and participation in a criminal street gang, and booked into the Roseville Police Department Jail. They are being held on $25,000 bail. A 13-year-old male from Rocklin was also arrested and taken to Placer County Juvenile Hall.

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