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Tempe Police Make Arrests for Criminal Damage, Serial Graffiti and Burglary

$6,120.00 in damage to local church, business, and school

Post Date:08/22/2014 3:26 PM

 Tempe Police Make Arrests for Criminal Damage, Serial Graffiti and Burglary

Tempe City leadership have identified neighborhood quality of life, including graffiti prevention and eradication, as one of their top priorities. Public Works employees and Police Officers work closely to coordinate rapid eradication efforts.  Graffiti is a not a victimless crime; in addition to the cost of removing the graffiti, left unchecked, this visible criminal damage contributes to a decrease in neighborhood quality of life and property values. 

On July 14, 2014, two suspects committed multiple acts of trespass, burglary and criminal damage, by throwing rocks through the windows of Little Caesar’s at 711 E. Broadway Rd. and The Door Christian Fellowship at 707 E Broadway Rd.  Officers located and arrested Joseph Quintero at the time of the incidents.  During the course of the burglary investigation, multiple graffiti incidents with the signature of a single vandal came to the attention of detectives.  These incidents occurred between April and July 2014, and were connected to the second burglary suspect, Julius Ceaser Garcia.  Garcia was located and arrested August 12, 2014 for the burglary and the criminal damage to including a church and school.

The criminal damage included graffiti defacement on the side of the Tempe Community Action Trailer, on exterior walls and the marquee at McClintock High School, and on a community member’s vehicle legally parked in the 1700 block of E. 12th St. in Tempe.

According to Tempe City Councilmember Kolby Granville, "This is an area Tempe has long been working on and we are making great progress.  It's a true North marker about the quality of the neighborhood."

20-year-old Joseph Quintero was arrested on the following charges:

Ø  (1) Count of Burglary 3rd degree, a Class 4 Felony

Ø  (1) Count of Aggravated Criminal Damage to a Church, a Class 6 Felony

Ø  (1) Count of Criminal Trespass 2nd degree, a Class 2 Misdemeanor

Ø  (1) Council Minor in Consumption, a Class 1 misdemeanor

19-year-old Julius Ceaser Garcia was arrested on the following charges:

Ø  (1) Count of Burglary 3rd degree, a Class 4 Felony

Ø  (1) Count of Criminal Damage – Graffiti, a Class 1 Misdemeanor

Individuals who choose to deface property in our community should know that they will be aggressively pursued and held accountable.

To report existing graffiti on-line, go to www.tempe.gov/311 or call City 311 at 480-350-4311.

To report a graffiti crime-in-progress, call Tempe Police 9-1-1 or non-emergency at 480-350-8311.

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