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6 Teenagers Arrested in Graffiti Vandalism

March 31, 1998|SCOTT HADLY

THOUSAND OAKS — Sheriff's deputies arrested five teenagers from Thousand Oaks and one from Northridge on Monday for allegedly scrawling graffiti on more than a dozen buildings in and around Thousand Oaks.

The arrests came after deputies from the department's Special Enforcement Detail and Gang Unit said they connected the youths to vandalism at Redwood Intermediate School, Westlake Elementary School and a former Thousand Oaks city hall, a department spokesman said.

The six boys, ages 14 to 17, were part of what investigators called a tagging crew that has been scrawling their monikers on buildings since December, the spokesman said.

Investigators estimate the cost of the vandalism at $15,000.

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