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Lake Elsinore Sees Another Graffiti Vandal Arrested

Pressure has been applied to the city and police from the community to crack down on graffiti.

An 18-year-old man suspected of committing 15 graffiti attacks in the city of Lake Elsinore -- with a damage estimate of more than $2,400 -- was arrested Friday at a residence in the city.

Gustavo Gutierrez, 18, of Lake Elsinore, was arrested about 9:30 a.m. Friday, following the service of a warrant in the 3000 block of Nashland Street, authorities said.

He was found to be in possession of items linking him to the 15 vandalism instances, a sergeant said.

Gutierrez was targeted by investigators from the Riverside County sheriff's Lake Elsinore station as a purported member of one of the city's most active criminal graffiti groups, according to Sgt. Marc Cloutier.

He was booked into the county jail on suspicion of committing vandalism -- with damages of more than $400 -- and possession of graffiti tools.

Gutierrez remained behind bars in lieu of $5,000 bail, pending arraignment Monday, according to sheriff's jail records.

The tagger's arrest marks one of several in recent weeks. LAlso last month,

Authorities are asking residents with children to keep sharp eyes out for signs their kids may be scrawling graffiti around town.

"Common indicators include paint stains on their child's fingers, angular colorful block writings on their children's walls, notebooks or posters, generally accompanied by nicknames," Cloutier wrote.

To make a request for graffiti removal, call the city's hotline at 951-674-2701, or click here.

Authorities warned residents that city officials try to recover the cost of graffiti removal from the perpetrators or their parents.

Graffiti Removal January 29, 2013 at 07:30 AM
We are a graffiti removal business http://graffitiremovalca.com and we have been attacked while removing graffiti so I just wanted everyone to know they need to be careful if you try to remove any graffiti, gang members take it as an attack on their gang.
marilyand monroes February 26, 2013 at 05:57 PM
quit pickin on taggers, i dont see you guys makin these streets any prettier
marilyand monroes February 26, 2013 at 06:00 PM
rich ass people, if these artist had a better looking city they wouldnt have to decorate
jerry March 15, 2013 at 09:01 PM
hey kaleen. you know for a fact graffiti art is a art work. how about you do some research before you judge these artistic creative people. that society gave the name or "taggers" graffiti art was here way before lake elsinore was created and im talking about cave men times. and for all you people saying we should cut there hand off or spray paint there faces. you people are probly the sick ones. last time i cheackd you do not have to look at the graffiti . this goes to the police department too. the police department knew there was graffiti writters painting in the tunnels and the cube. yet they didnt do nothen cause is was out of the puplics view but sence people like "kaleen" start crying and have nothen else to do with there lifes but point fingures the police department had to do something about it. LOOK WHAT IM TRYING TO SAY IS STOP CRACKING DOWN ON GRAFFITI ARTIST . and go after EYC GANG AND EVL GANG and drug dealers. go after the real problems. look you guys. we all have creativity in us (i know every singal person in here has picked up a crayon) graffiti artist just found a way to express them selves and turn a grey wall to something colorfull. instead of trying to stop graffiti witch is immpossible why dont you try working with the graffiti writters and try to get them to get there art work in galleries and help them . instead of saying bad kid shame on you and sending them to jail and droping pounds of stress and fines on them. youtube this movie.(piece by piece) .
jerry March 15, 2013 at 09:01 PM
hey kaleen. you know for a fact graffiti art is a art work. how about you do some research before you judge these artistic creative people. that society gave the name or "taggers" graffiti art was here way before lake elsinore was created and im talking about cave men times. and for all you people saying we should cut there hand off or spray paint there faces. you people are probly the sick ones. last time i cheackd you do not have to look at the graffiti . this goes to the police department too. the police department knew there was graffiti writters painting in the tunnels and the cube. yet they didnt do nothen cause is was out of the puplics view but sence people like "kaleen" start crying and have nothen else to do with there lifes but point fingures the police department had to do something about it. LOOK WHAT IM TRYING TO SAY IS STOP CRACKING DOWN ON GRAFFITI ARTIST . and go after EYC GANG AND EVL GANG and drug dealers. go after the real problems. look you guys. we all have creativity in us (i know every singal person in here has picked up a crayon) graffiti artist just found a way to express them selves and turn a grey wall to something colorfull. instead of trying to stop graffiti witch is immpossible why dont you try working with the graffiti writters and try to get them to get there art work in galleries and help them . instead of saying bad kid shame on you and sending them to jail and droping pounds of stress and fines on them. youtube this movie.(piece by piece) .

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