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2 teens arrested in tagging cases

February 17, 2009|Richard Winton

Whittier police say they have arrested a boy and girl who allegedly defaced more than 192 signs, curbs, walls and sidewalks with graffiti tags.

Investigators arrested a 15-year-old girl from an unincorporated area near Whittier on Feb 3. Investigators say that the girl is responsible for more than 126 tags and that during an interview after her arrest, she admitted doing most of them.

Authorities estimate that she caused more than $28,000 in damage in Whittier, Pico Rivera and La Habra.

The 13-year-old boy was arrested Feb. 2 and admitted to most of the more than 66 acts of vandalism they believe he committed, according to investigators.

The boy, who said he was not part of a tagging crew, told investigators he quit tagging as soon as he found out the Whittier Police Department's Special Enforcement Team was pursuing him.

According to investigators, prosecutors are still considering what charges should be filed against them.

-- Richard Winton

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