“We followed up on leads which resulted in two arrests,” said Sulphur Springs Police Investigator Bo Fox. “The investigation is continuing, and more arrests are possible.”
Trevor Michael Johnson, 17, of Sulphur Springs was jailed after confessing to being responsible for the graffiti during an interview with Sulphur Springs Investigators Fox and Monty Tipps.
Another Sulphur Springs teen, 15, was also charged with the state jail felony offense and taken to a juvenile detention facility in Greenville. His name was not released as he is a juvenile.
Graffiti is essentially the same charge as criminal mischief, which is normally classified as a misdemeanor crime. Any incident involving more than $1,500 in property damage, however, enhances the charge to the state jail felony offense range.
The total cost to remove the graffiti will be considerable; more than the amount, Fox noted., as some affected surfaces — such as the wall outside Douglas Intermediate School — will have to be sandblasted to get rid of the spray paint. Others will have to be repainted.
At least eight house, Douglas school, Spring Valley Apartments, four vehicles and a stop sign had “CSU” and “Can’t Stop Us” written in graffiti. The area affected spanned from Oak Avenue to Elm Street and College Street to Whitworth Street, Sulphur Springs Police Patrol Capt. Norman Colyer said Thursday morning.
Fox credited people living in the affected area with aiding in the investigation.
“The community was outraged, to say the least,” he said. “We had a lot of help from the community, a lot of interest from the community. This kind of activity they are fed up with and are going to report to us.”
Police Chief Jim Bayuk praised the investigators and officers for their hard work following up on the leads.
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