Suspects arrested in LOP vandalism |

Suspects arrested in LOP vandalism

Two Lake of the Pines teens were arrested late Thursday night in a string of at least a dozen tagging incidents that marred garage doors and vehicles in the area of Lakeshore North.

“One of our officers went into super-sleuth mode,” said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

The officer was on foot patrol at about 11:30 p.m. when he saw three boys on Lakeshore North. When he stopped them, they told him they were out because they were bored, Royal said.

“They had over-spray from spray paint on their clothes,” he said. “They were wearing their colors, so to speak.”

Two of the boys, who all were 15, eventually confessed to Tuesday night’s vandalism, Royal said. Both were arrested on suspicion of vandalism and violating probation and booked into juvenile hall. The other boy was cited and released into the custody of his parents.

At least a dozen homeowners in the area of Lakeshore North had been targeted in the graffiti attacks, which all took place between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The majority of callers complained of tagging on garage doors, although at least two callers reported spray paint on vehicles, in the 12000 block of Torrey Pines Drive and the 12000 block of Lakeshore North.

Victims reported finding “Blood” spray-painted on walls, as well as “vulgar terms,” Royal said.

The teens did not have any gang ties, he said.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.

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