Hermiston Police News: Graffiti Suspects Arrested

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Despite incidents of graffiti being down this year from last year, we experienced a rash of vandalism this weekend involving numerous places being subjected to the blight of graffiti.  The good news is the employees of the Hermiston Police Department made two arrests for graffiti related crimes.

Jose M. Garcia 18 years of age of 650 N. Lucy #22, Stanfield, was arrested on the 18th of November 2012, at approximately 9PM in the area of E Gladys Ave and NE 2nd Street.  Garcia was found to be in possession of a stolen bicycle from Scott’s Cycle in Hermiston.  Garcia was also charged with (5) counts of Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, (5) counts of Unlawfully Applying Graffiti, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Garcia was processed at the Hermiston Police Department before being lodged at the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton.

Today, a 15 year old female residing at 330 E Dogwood Ave #B, Hermiston, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a school, Unlawful Possession of less than one ounce of Marijuana, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, and Unlawful Application of Graffiti.

“Several locations in Hermiston were impacted by graffiti this weekend and that is incredibly frustrating not only for the citizens we serve, but our officers as well, who have been working so hard to curb criminal activity associated with gang behavior.  Both these arrests come down to diligent police work utilizing the available resources at our disposal,” reports Chief Jason Edmiston

Incidents of Graffiti (January through September)
2010 74
2011 72
2012 40


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