TWELVE ARRESTED IN MULTI-AGENCY TAGGER SWEEP CRACKDOWN
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced the arrest of 12 gang members during a major multi-agency graffiti task force operation conducted Wednesday morning, May 13, in the unincorporated areas patrolled by Industry Station, as well as the surrounding areas.
At approximately 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, over 200 law enforcement personnel, including several units from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), California Highway Patrol, California Department of Housing and Community Development, California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Baldwin Park Police Department and Hacienda/La Puente School District Police Department, served search warrants at 21 locations. These locations were identified based on the criminal history of gang members who committed vandalism in this geographical area. Twelve arrests were made for offenses including weapons and narcotics violations, along with three Department of Children and Family Services investigations for child neglect.
Supervisor Molina stated, “We are committed to holding these vandals accountable for plaguing our neighborhood with graffiti, and I am pleased to support the Sheriff’s efforts by securing the same tools for the Valinda area that have helped with more than 400 graffiti arrests since January 2008, and we will continue to hold parents accountable for the cost of graffiti crimes by minors.”
As part of Supervisor Molina’s efforts to make her successful graffiti pilot program regional, she has secured funding for the “Graffiti Tracker” to be extended to the Valinda area. This “Graffiti Tracker” is a computer program that was developed to help investigators locate graffiti suspects.
SHB-63A-09 X X X May 13, 2009