Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

At approximately 1:24 p.m. on September 9th, 2017, a citizen was doing community service graffiti abatement when he observed a male subject in the drainage culvert at Cathedral Oaks and Glenn Annie Road spraying a graffiti mural on the wall of a tunnel. The citizen called 911 to report the circumstances. Sheriff's deputies responded and located three males vandalizing the tunnel walls with large graffiti murals. Two of the suspects attempted to flee when they saw deputies but all three were detained. They were found to be in possession of more than 60 cans of spray paint, five cans of paint with rollers to create backdrops for their graffiti murals and a camera connected to a tripod to photograph their graffiti murals. 

31-year-old Joseph Rocco Peransi of Santa Barbara, 33-year-old Jansen Michael Lee and 32-year-old Gregory Winfield Smith from Lompoc were arrested for conspiracy, vandalism of $400 or more, possession with the intent to commit vandalism or graffiti, dumping waste matter in a creek. Lee also was booked on an outstanding felony warrant for felony graffiti and vandalism.

Peransi is being held on $45,000 (bail enhancement for commission of a felony after release on bail or OR). Lee is being held on $105,000 bail. Smith posted $20,000 bail and was released.

The Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime has an on-going program to catch taggers in the act. For more information go to www.goletanoontimerotary.org.

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420722 Sep 13, 2017 11:17 PM
Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

You can tell the artsy crowd is in this here by the comments defending these idiots. If they were so good they wouldn't be in drain culvert at 30 years old doing "murals" looking like meth heads. Why would anyone support this crime. Losers, make em clean it and clean other graffiti patches for the next six months. Have them sculpt a head for Juni-Serra since they are so awesome at art.

a-1511251550 Sep 13, 2017 06:48 PM
Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

For all of those calling illegal art the crime of teenagers obviously has no idea what they are talking about. Graffiti is one of the most expansive art movements in the history of mankind - and art does not have an age limit. Many of the best known and most influential modern artists come from the illegal street art community - Keith Haring, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Revok, Basquiat, Barry McGee, Ron English, Mear, KR, David Choe, Dash Snow, Os Gemeos, Moses and Taps, Claw, Seen, etc. The list goes on. Everywhere you look, from advertising to fashion and music, it is not hard to see the influence of graffiti and street art. It was the only art form created by the youth and common folk that spread around the entire planet and infiltrated the high art and corporate worlds. This is something that is here to stay, no matter how much it offends your sheltered sensibilities.

yourfakereality Sep 13, 2017 08:19 PM
Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

I usually go far out of my way to avoid agreeing with anyone on edhat because so many here seem to believe in the concept of "guilt by association", it just wouldn't be right to "help" someone else 's argument by tarnishing their image with my "irresponsible"opinions. However, I'm making an exception in this case because anyone who would equate the physical destruction of one piece of art, with painting a harmless mural on the inside of an ugly metal culvert, has clearly lost touch with reality.

a-1511251550 Sep 12, 2017 06:34 PM
Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

If I had a big wall I would invite muralists to decorate it. A new artist every few months. Lame tagging wouldn't fly. Alas, for many, part of the appeal and challenge is to do their graffiti on the sly. But still, I enjoy seeing some of the random art good graffiti artists make. No idea if these guys had any talent, and I do understand that we can't permit people to 'decorate' public spaces without permission.

a-1511251550 Sep 12, 2017 11:16 AM
Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

Let's get a little perspective here. First they are not tagging; you know, the kind of ugly scribble kids smear on outside walls of private property or rocks in natural settings for all to see announcing their useless presence in the world. They were INSIDE a drainage culvert and with enough materiel to be doing what is more commonly referred to as a mural which is way more interesting to look at than the ugly scrawls that say nothing but "dips#i! was here". And where do edhatters get the idea they are meth heads on the public dole? I hate taggers as much as the next guy but muralists are a different breed.

a-1511251550 Sep 12, 2017 05:46 PM
Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

The fantasy is strong with this one. The conjecture is out of this world, even. And the conflation of two completely different forms of vandalism is so astronomical to be untouchable. "HIM DRIVE CAR TOO FAST, MUST BE SAME AS HIM THAT DID DRIVE BY SHOOTING."

a-1511251550 Sep 12, 2017 04:13 PM
Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

Ugh... the following comment was meant to be in reply to YETTI's comment, not whichever # is now appearing above it. So Yetti..... "Would you feel the same if you found out they were the "losers" (as all vandals are) that beheaded the Junipero Serra statue?"

yetti Sep 12, 2017 11:41 AM
Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

1491 - It may be exciting to you and you may think that these guys are actually "artists", BUT they are still absolute LOSERS to everyone else out there. Probably still living at home with mom and painting up culverts during the loads of free time, does make them losers. Advice, Get a haircut and get a real job!

a-1511251550 Sep 12, 2017 11:31 AM
Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

Muralists can build their own wall to tag then, or tag their own houses. Just because it's "more interesting" than scribble graffiti doesn't make it okay, and it certainly doesn't somehow trascend the label of tagging....definitely STILL TAGGING, I guarantee you they sign their work with a moniker. It's trashy and it looks terrible, even in a "measly drainage culvert"

yetti Sep 12, 2017 11:00 AM
Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

Absolute losers. Gotta stop the public welfare payments to bozos like these. Eventually they will run out of cash to buy food and meth and will be forced to get a job. Even McDonalds is paying $10/hr+ .. Welfare and parents that enable their loser kids, just destroys kids incentives to grow up and make something positive out of themselves.

Flicka Sep 12, 2017 09:18 AM
Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Three Alleged Graffiti Vandals

It's one thing for kids to do this destruction, their brains are not completely developed (that happens around 25 years old), but these old geezers just never developed past childhood. Hope they make them clean off the graffiti.

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