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* Belmont Police Arrest 4 Teenagers for Allegedly Painting Graffiti on Sports Complex

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Four teenagers were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of spray painting graffiti on a building in Belmont, police said.  On Sunday at about 3:35 p.m., officers responded to a call from a citizen reporting that a group of male juveniles were painting graffiti on the outside of the Belmont Sports Complex at 550 Island Parkway, according to Belmont police.

Arriving officers detained two 17-year-old boys from Belmont, a 17-year-old boy from Redwood City, and a 16-year-old boy from San Mateo, police said.  The four alleged vandals were released to their parents after an initial investigation.  Their names were withheld because of their ages.  Investigators believe the suspects were connected to other instances of graffiti that occurred in Belmont over the weekend, and possibly others in surrounding communities, police said.

Belmont police Chief Don Mattei said in a statement that vandalism and graffiti causes blight and is costly for residents and business owners to clean up. “We take prosecution of graffiti vandals seriously,” Mattei said.

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