Graffiti Artist Busted
OCEAN CITY — A Selbyville man was arrested on multiple counts of malicious destruction of property charges last week after allegedly “tagging” with graffiti multiple public and private properties throughout Ocean City.
Around 2 a.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to North Division Street for a reported malicious destruction of property in progress. Ocean City Communications reported a white male with a Mohawk had been seen “tagging” a green electrical box with graffiti. OCPD officers met with a witness who told police he was returning to his parking spot in a private lot behind the Quiet Storm surf shop at North Division Street when he observed an individual crouched behind a green electrical box.
The victim told police the suspect said to him, “I was making sure you guys weren’t the cops. I’m about to do some graffiti.” The witness told police he said to the suspect, “I wouldn’t do it there,” but the suspect said in return, “I’m going to do it anyway.” At that point, the witness decided to contact the police. The witness provided a description of the suspect to police including his distinctive Mohawk haircut. OCPD officers observed a large electrical box tagged with a five-point star, the word “Spaz” and “Art Saves Lives” in black paint.