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Undercover Operations In Lake Elsinore Aimed At Graffiti Vandals

Police are working in tandem with Lake Elsinore Public Works to identify graffiti hotspots.

A special enforcement team from the Lake Elsinore Police Department has been conducting covert operations in the city during the month of June aimed at arresting graffiti vandals.

On Friday, the department released some information about the operations. Arrests include one on June 13 when a deputy spotted a 16-year-old from Lake Elsinore tagging an area near Lash and Hunt streets.

“Officers arrested the juvenile and linked him to three acts of graffiti totaling over $400 in damage,” the news release stated.

Additionally, on June 21, deputies served a search warrant in the 15100 block of Lincoln Street based on information developed from a 17-year-old from Lake Elsinore.

“After extensive investigative efforts, officers linked the juvenile to 13 acts of graffiti vandalism throughout the city with damages estimated in excess of $2,000,” Friday’s news release stated. “Officers located several items of graffiti tools and evidence linking the juvenile to a local tagging crew during the search.”

The boy was arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall.

The names of the juveniles were not released by authorities.

which includes recovering all costs for from those convicted of vandalism. Police are working in tandem with Lake Elsinore Public Works to identify graffiti hotspots, according to Friday’s news release.

The Lake Elsinore Police Department advises residents to call 9-1-1 if they see a graffiti crime in progress, otherwise call the sheriff's dispatch non-emergency number at (951) 776-1099. To make a graffiti removal request, call the city's Graffiti Hotline at (951) 674-2701, or submit an online graffiti service request form at www.lake-elsinore.org.

So Cal White Boy June 22, 2012 at 09:57 PM
It would sure be a very good deterent.
Christi June 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I have seen kids being driven around by city trucks and cleaning signs that are tagged. Forget the paying for, it's better to make them clean it up. Also, everyone who sees them know exactly what they did.
Tonto June 22, 2012 at 11:20 PM
si! se puede!
Anon June 23, 2012 at 05:53 AM
They could even have volunteers watching the monitors and we could notify police to go to the scene during the act. It's simple!
1 Of The Fishes :) June 23, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Fine them, give em' some jail time and make them clean up their own taggings along with other taggings around the city... I bet they'll think twice before making another stupid decision.. :)
Miranda June 23, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Its sad when a person gets soooo homesick they even miss the graffiti :( And before anyone takes my comment the wrong way, YES it needs to be erradicated and NO I dont want it in my neighborhood.... Ive been in this lil southern town way too long I even miss the "pet-peeves". Cant wait to come home!!!!
Vince June 23, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Sheeesh...Simple fix: When they catch the SOB's in the future, if they just give 'em a customized set o' Fast Eddie Felson Fingers, they won't be so quick on the spray can in the future.
Laura June 23, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I live in the unincorporated area of Lakeland Village, It is REALLY bad here! I notice for a while it seems under control and then all of a sudden EVERYTHING is tagged again. I used to work nights and would sit and try to catch them in the act, but never did. Something needs to be done. People work hard for what they have and it disgusts me that these little vandals keep destroying peoples property. I am willing to be a part of the solution where I live.
Jeffth222@gmail.com June 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Carol, If kids have fun healthy activities they will migrate there. I am working on a program to help provide kids with afterschool activities.
Jeffth222@gmail.com June 23, 2012 at 06:21 PM
It's kind of sad that most don't relise that these kids just want something to do that they have fun doing. I don't condone the act, but there may be a better solution than violance and/or jail, as that rarely works. If u want a real solution and truly care about ending this, it begins with something engaging for these kids, before it is really too late. HKHT.ORG
Jeffth222@gmail.com June 23, 2012 at 06:26 PM
BLUESGUITAR777, i would bet, that if the parents of these taggers treated there kids, like u treat yours, there'd be no tagging! We need to give these kids help and a place to express themselves.
Christi June 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Yes they caught taggers, but 2!!!!! In a months work? Something doesn't fit. If they had the funding for the task force you would think they could have caught more! Yah that 2 are out, but really, 2?
Madworld June 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Christi don't take this the wrong way..but you need to open your eyes and realize that the Police Department is under staffed and they aren't using any special funding for battling graffiti. The special enforcement team in Lake Elsinore is a two man team and they are tasked many other problems in the entire city. I think you should apreciate the fact that these hard working officers are trying to do something about this problem with the little recourses they have available to them.
Vince June 23, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Bwaaaaaaaaaa....A HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, let's show them love and compassion,Jeffth...I got's something to "engage" the little MoFo's with: It is a new slant on "Dodge Ball"...'Ceptin' they gotta dodge rock salt loaded in 3" magnum shells hulls. But you go ahead and hug and squeeze, and shower them with love and understanding to your well meaning heart's content...and I will give them a running start, which is a healthy method to build strong bodies 12 ways (jes like Wonder Bread!!)---and then let's do a review down the road a tad, and see how many want to paint their crap all over other people's property again after your reform method,. and/or my reform method. It's lame azzed ideas like your's that cause these LITTLE bass-turds to grow up to be BIG bass-turds. Peace, Love, Dove!
Vince June 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Madworld...Then since the police are understaffed, and overworked, perhaps it is time for a "grassroots effort" by like minded concerned citizens to take to the streets, and work this problem out themselves....vigilante's? Naw...just folks who are sick of the crap (and excuses nade for those that dish out the crap), who may be able to get to the very core of the problem on the problem's terms---at the street level. I grew up in the 50's and stuff like this never got a chance to get beyond maybe ONE incident---word would get out who the "perp" was, and the "perp was then given a "crash course" on what was acceptable in the neighborhood---'course the Bleeding Heart LibTards of today don't like that idea much, and so it may be in their best interest to stick their head back up where they insulate themselves from reality on economics, Illegal Aliens, politics, etc., and keep a wide berth on "crash course's" as they are being administered.
LEResident June 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM
This is America...do something illegal and you will get a free college education for your children and health care you dont pay into....hmmmm what are we teaching the youth?
Vince June 24, 2012 at 01:19 AM
LE...pretty much they have been taught for a good long while that NOTHING is thier own fault. It always is due to some shortcoming in dealing with them, on someone else's part, be it an individual, or society as a whole, that has led them off track...so therefore they should get a FREE pass when they fork up. Fair is fair though, so again, I'll give them something for FREE: A running start.
Carol June 24, 2012 at 05:27 AM
@jeffth222@gmail.com When I grew up, I didn't have group anything to go to when I was out of school. Never once did I ever think to get a can of spray paint and go tag someone's property, break into someone's house, steal lawn ornaments or anything destructive that would cause shame to my family. I would go swimming with friends, go to friends houses and play games, babysat, learned crafts or read books. Kids today seem to think they're entitled to do whatever they want with no consequence. Parents DO NOT PARENT, PERIOD! Blame Dr. Spock for saying "Spanking is child abuse and you're just teaching children to be abusive themselves". I say "Spare the rod, spoil the child"! That of course doesn't mean beat the child senseless, it means that if a child does something wrong, they should be punished by being grounded, all their electronic toys taken away or a good swift kick in the a$$ - tough love!!!! My kids were always told that if they do something that caused them to get picked up by the police, don't call me because I wouldn't come and bail them out. I never got a call because they never got into trouble! They knew I meant business. In a lot of cases, both parents work, therefore the kids run wild without supervision. In most of these cases though, both parents work to be able to afford the "toys" so their spoiled brats can have the IPods, IPads, IPhones and a car at 16 because of "Peer Pressure". WE NEED TO PUT A STOP TO PEOPLE NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY!!!!!!
Carol June 24, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Oh and Jeff, there are fun healthy activities out there if these kids really wanted those activities - soccer, softball, swimming, the library, or the kids actually using their imagination to keep themselves occupied, and not by being destructive to the neighborhood. If they want to be artistic and tag something, wouldn't it be better to find someone that wants their house painted or help the elderly or disabled? These are healthy activities!!!! Even poor kids can do these things if they can't afford to participate in sports.
Vince June 24, 2012 at 04:57 PM
"soccer, softball, swimming" Oh, and you forgot synchronized swimming, or piano lessons if you really wanna turn your sons into Sissy La La's right in front of their peers---"Softball"? Sheee-it....and nothing quite compares to SOCCER for being a totally stOOpid "game"----"Beaner Ball" is more like it. AND, the game of soccer is about as un-American as a Taco Cart (Road Kill Du Jour more'n likely), or one of them knuckle draggin', droolin' ILLEGAL gOoFs hawking crappy ice cream Hecho En Mexico on your block....but there are other games our kids can play, like tackle football in the street, "Dog Shiat On A Stick", "Musical Loogies" , or even the old stand-by: "Kick The Can"---'course that has been updated to: Kick the Mexi-CAN, or Afri-CAN, or Puerto Ri-CAN---heck, I betcha 21st Century inventive kids will even come up with more "cans" then I just did....or they can even leave off the "can", and give the boot to a homeless person instead... Kids today have it way better'n we did back in the 50's...We didn't have all them CANS to play with---we only had ONE type of "can" (besides Campbell's, etc.), and that was an "Ameri-CAN" ---so the best we could come up with was a playing card in our spokes, or a flattened cardboard box to slide down hills on---'course Mom's tennis racket and "just the right sized" rocks could prove entertaining to a large degree.
Melissa Walton June 28, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I am not saying in anyway that what taggers do is right. Cu its not but tagging has been an issue in lakeland village/lake elsinore since I was a little girl and I am now 30 something. I would love it if somehow maybe they would set up a place for these kids to go a showcase their work. Some of these ppl are amazing artists and need to be able to vent their work out. Yes tagging on poperty or anywhere is bad but it hasn't stopped EVER and it would be nice for the ones who actually don't go out and distroy people property to be able to have a place to display what they can do.
Anon June 28, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I never see art, I see names only. They are just a bunch of punks out writing on other people's property.
Diana June 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Our fence gets tagged all the time, the joy of living on a corner, I think I need to buy a paint ball gun, when they spray the fence i'll just shoot them with paint...hey turn about is fair play right :)
Diana June 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM
OMG, you are just killing me with this post.......I needed some laughter in my day thanks!!
Carol June 29, 2012 at 05:13 PM
My POINT was that there are things for kids to do other than going around destroying other people's property. I'm sure every one of us has worked hard to be able to buy a place to live and we sure as hell don't want some punk a$$ kid coming around and destroying it or breaking in and stealing from us! This is one town that should be able to bare arms and protect themselves and their property! In the last 3 years since I've moved to this lovely town, I've been broken into, had a dog stolen from my backyard, been tagged and just last week someone stole some of my teracotta pots from my front yard. And I live in the "nice" area of LE? Yup, school's out for summer!!!! Oh and Vince, I too used to play kick the can in the fifties, and I also played hide and seek, tag, jumped rope, and went swimming at the community pool. After all, I am a female with two daughters so it's obvious that I would think like one and come up with those Sissy sports! And by the way, I too laughed at your last post as you are one funny man!
Vince June 30, 2012 at 03:55 AM
AG...some people get them thar two words mixed up: "AUTISTIC" "ARTISTIC" But for the sake of argument, when you think "tagger's", think "Rainman" with a paint can, as in an autistic artist----which mostly then equates to an entertaining moron, who can probably do some pretty spiffy tricks with match sticks, but other'n that is still an imbecile...
christian November 25, 2012 at 02:43 PM
ur a pretty fucked up individual vince if u have to call all taggers autistic artist cuz i grew up with dissablitys my hole life and got made fun f for it maby they shouldt e gong after the taggers but u for puting people down and bing a bully fuck ass wipe
christian November 25, 2012 at 02:48 PM
ur a pretty fucked up individual vince if u have to call all taggers autistic artist cuz i grew up with dissablitys my hole life and got made fun f for it maby they shouldt e gong after the taggers but u for puting people down and bing a bully fuck ass wipe
christian November 25, 2012 at 02:55 PM
im not saying its right to tag on people shit but u making funn of kids weather they have a disabilty or not it is the same as taggin all over some one shit so like i said mabey they should start going after u for bulling people and make ur ass clean all this shit cuz oviusly ur parents did a pretty fucked job on rasing u ass hole i rather hav some one right all over my shit then get made fun of
christian November 25, 2012 at 03:31 PM
vince ur just a racist peace of shit and u neen to get some shit right before u call ur self an AMRICAN cuz we r all the same color on the in side and maby the kids should play kick the racist peace of shit ur racisum is a bigger problem than graffiti u peace of shit


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