Three Truckee teens arrested after months-long graffiti string |

Three Truckee teens arrested after months-long graffiti string

This is one example of recent graffiti incidents in the town of Truckee.
Courtesy Truckee Police

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Two Truckee male teenagers were arrested this week on suspicion of felony vandalism, and a third was arrested on a lesser charge, in connection with a slew of graffiti incidents around town, police said.

According to a Thursday statement from the Truckee Police Department, officers arrested two juveniles, ages 15 and 16, on Wednesday after a several-month-long investigation due to tagging incidents on the walls of numerous businesses along the Highway 89 South corridor south of Deerfield Drive and in the new Mousehole pedestrian crossing, as well as inside the Truckee High School.

“The same suspects also spray painted graffiti on the new Trout Creek Hiking Trail and multiple businesses along the Pioneer Trail business district,” according to a police statement, which indicated, all told, the taggings “caused thousands of dollars in damage.”

According to police, the break in the case came recently when a victim of one of the crimes in town recognized one of the suspected taggers.

After tracking down to the two teens on the more-serious felony charges, police arrested a third juvenile, 15, on suspicion of one count of misdemeanor vandalism tagging.

“Graffiti and tagging vandalism cases are often very difficult to solve,” TPD Capt. Rob Leftwich said in a statement. “This case is a perfect example of the community and the police working together to keep Truckee free from these types of annoyance and blight crimes.”

In its statement, TPD urged parents to talk with kids: “Identifying this type of expression early on could help prevent a child from being held accountable for a felony offense.”