A teen was arrested on suspicion of committing more than 50 acts of vandalism in Wolf Creek and Redhawk.
The 14-year-old boy, whose name was withheld due to his age, was arrested on Tuesday, said sheriff’s Sgt. Terry Scanlon.
A massive investigation into local tagging spanning the past year led to the arrest.
The boy cost Temecula taxpayers almost $2,000 to fix the damage he caused, and the city will seek restitution, the sergeant said.
The arrest was part of a citywide crackdown on taggers that already led to at least three arrests.
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“We have high expectations that we can effectively reduce the number of incidents occurring in our city,” Scanlon wrote in an announcement.
The crackdown is an effort to keep property values high and stave off criminal activity, the sergeant said.
“Vandalism and graffiti have a negative effect on neighborhood appeal and also drives away potential home buyers and business owners,” he said. “Ultimately, property values decrease and criminal activity increases.”
Anybody with information about graffiti and other vandalism was asked to call 951-696-3000.