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Prolific Graffiti Vandal Arrested
updated: Jun 17, 2014, 9:00 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Thanks to our partners in the news media and our social media audience on Nixle, Facebook, and Nextdoor, Angel DeJesus Lopez, age 19, of Santa Barbara, was arrested for felony vandalism and misdemeanor possession of vandalism tools. A surveillance video of Lopez was distributed via an SBPD Catch a Vandal media release on April 29, 2014 which generated an anonymous tip that ultimately led to his identification by SBPD Youth Services Section Detective Ben Ahrens.

Once Lopez was identified as the suspect in this case investigators learned that he is currently on probation for vandalism. On June 17, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Detective Ahrens and others contacted Lopez at his residence on the 600 block of Coronel Place conducted a probation search. Lopez was found to be in possession of vandalism tools such as paint markers and postal labels with his tagging moniker on them and was subsequently arrested. When interviewed Lopez admitted to committing numerous graffiti vandalisms throughout the City of Santa Barbara. Thus far he has been linked to approximately forty documented cases that occurred in 2013 and 2014 resulting in approximately $40,000.00 worth of property damage.

Lopez was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on the aforementioned charges with a bail amount of $20,000.00.

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Source: SBPD
April 29, 2014 1:00pm

Catch A Vandal 4/29/14

Click here to watch the video from SBPD.

The person depicted in the surveillance video is the suspect in several graffiti vandalisms to businesses in the Milpas Street corridor that occurred in the early morning hours of April 11, 2014 causing approximately $7,000.00 worth of damage. If you recognize this person please contact SBPD Detective Ben Ahrens at (805) 897-2348 / bahrens@sbpd.com, or call anonymously to (805) 897-2386.

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