Suspect in Park City graffiti apprehended
The authorities on Tuesday arrested a man suspected in three graffiti cases in Park City, saying it was the second time the person had been arrested on graffiti-related charges in a little more than two months.
The Police Department said in an online posting Park City officers with assistance from the Unified Police Department in the Salt Lake Valley arrested the suspect in the Mill Creek area of the Salt Lake Valley on three preliminary class B misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief. The man is 23 years old. His city of residence was not immediately available.
Phil Kirk, a Park City captain, said the man had been arrested in Park City in July on a class B misdemeanor criminal mischief charge related to graffiti discovered on a waterworks facility south of Daly Avenue. Similar graffiti was found on Sept. 14 in a men’s bathroom at a Park City business.
"It matches the same suspect we arrested before," Kirk said.
The police made the July arrest after someone reported seeing a person described as suspicious close to a water-treatment plant that is just off Daly Avenue, according to an online police statement at the time. Officers found the person "in the act of spray painting graffiti on the walls," the online statement said.
Kirk said the police are investigating whether the man is responsible for other recent graffiti cases in Park City.
A class B misdemeanor is punishable by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine upon conviction.
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