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Multi-Agency Graffiti and Probation Task Force Sweep Nets 42 Arrests

March 29th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

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At about 6am Wednesday, three divisions of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department along with Pasadena, Burbank, and Glendale Police Departments as well as other law enforcement agencies , conducted a county wide probation compliance check. The sweep was in relation to gang, vandalism and graffiti. A total of 164 locations were targeted in over 88 cities conducted by 12 units totaling over 300 personnel involved. 42 suspects were arrested, 30 of them had felony counts and 12 with misdemeanors. 23 were in violation of probation terms and 1 in state parole violation. 15 weapons were recovered, including several different types of rifles, knives, hand guns, mace, an assault rifle and a couple single ball battle bace. There were also narcotic seizures mainly methamphetamine and marijuana. 4 investigations were initiated by the Department of Children and Family services from the sweep. The highlight of the morning was in the arrest of Richard Perez also known as “Asko” or “Sloter” who was vandalized over 88 MTA buses with damages totaling over $7,000. Sheriff Lee Baca had this message to convey to those who graffiti, “…For those who like to tag with their logo. If you don’t think for one minute that we’re not going to be able to find out who you are…we will eventually find out who you are… Stop destroying people’s property”

Report by Andrea Olivas

Photos by Terry Miller

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