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Suspected Serial Tagger Accused Of Leaving Mark In San Diego Courtroom

A fresh moniker found in a San Diego courtroom led sheriff's deputies to an 18-year-old man suspected of leaving his mark in about 60 other spots, a detective said Tuesday.

An investigation was started in late April when a court services deputy spotted fresh graffiti in several locations, including in the San Diego Superior Courthouse at 220 W. Broadway, said sheriff's Detective Mark Milton.

A deputy used the "Graffiti Tracker" system to document the tags and check for related tags, which Milton said led to Francisco Canseco, who had been arrested by San Diego police on suspicion of 60 other cases of graffiti.

Milton said the suspected prolific tagger also brazenly left his moniker in the courtroom where he was being prosecuted for vandalism.

On Thursday, sheriff's deputies searched Canseco's San Diego home and found graffiti-related evidence that linked the teen to the courthouse vandalism, Milton said.

Canseco was re-arrested on suspicion of five felony vandalism counts, he said.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | June 17, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Not the smartest thing to do from a legal perspective, but at least he stands by his art.

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RLA | June 17, 2014 at 4:36 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Duck- Maybe you should pay his bail and have him over to ""decorate" your home and neighborhood.

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Mmikey | June 18, 2014 at 7:11 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

he will probably get probation and counseling, maybe tagging is a mental disease like affluenza. ( or so his lawyer will plead)

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progressivebuthey | June 18, 2014 at 7:41 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

of all the things to do why do these kids do this? something peculiar to age group, sex and generally ethnic group.

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JeanMarc | June 18, 2014 at 9:02 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

progressivebuthey - it IS an ethnic group, you are right. The few times I have seen someone tagging, it was a white kid who was dressed like a skater, with very tight women's pants (this is the style among young folk now).

Pretty strange!

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