A 25-year-old Inglewood resident who says he's fed up with crime has become the first person to receive a $100 city reward for catching someone defacing property with graffiti.
Carl Robertson, who works as a tool cutter in Hawthorne, received the reward from Mayor Edward Vincent at a City Council meeting last week. Robertson helped chase down three teen-age boys he saw spray-painting graffiti on a garage near his home the night of Jan. 9.
According to the city, the boys fled after Robertson, who was driving by, asked them what they were doing. He followed them for a block, then got out of his car and chased them for another block and a half. Two Inglewood police officer on routine patrol joined in the chase until the youths were caught.
Mayor Vincent said he was pleased to give the money "to someone who was willing to get involved, at considerable personal risk, in our fight against graffiti."