Two 15-year-old boys were arrested in San Leandro this week in connection with a graffiti spree on Labor Day Weekend that vandalized more than 30 businesses in the city’s downtown area, a police spokesman said. On Sept. 4, police received word from the city’s Department of Public Works that businesses along East 14th Street between Callan and 135th avenues had been tagged, causing thousands of dollars in damage, police Lt. Jeff Tudor said. The cleanup materials alone cost the city approximately $1,800, Tudor said, not including overtime pay for the public works employees, who had been called in on a day off to get rid of the graffiti, which was visible from the street.
On Monday, the detective handling the case stopped the two boys, who had been jaywalking, and “developed probable cause to make the arrest,” Tudor said. The detective allegedly located several sketchbooks containing drawings of tags identical to those written on the vandalized businesses, police said. The boys were arrested and released to their parents. “We are pleased that we arrested the individuals involved in this malicious act of vandalism,” Tudor said. “Their actions utilized numerous resources, frustrated hardworking business owners and showed a lack of respect to the San Leandro community.”
Tudor said that the case will be forwarded to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be filed. District attorney’s office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said this afternoon that the office had yet to receive information on the case.
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