A 19-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of spray-painting graffiti at nine spots in Aptos, a Santa Cruz County sheriff’s spokesman said. Alexander Tinaza was taken into custody after someone reported seeing him using spray paint on a fence near Soquel Drive and Peoples Lane at 11:53 a.m., sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick Dimick said. When deputies arrived, they found Tinaza trying to dispose of a spray paint can in some bushes, according to the sheriff’s office.
The deputies also noticed fresh paint on Tinaza’s hands that matched the color of graffiti painted about 50 feet away, Dimick said. After investigating further, deputies concluded that Tinaza had allegedly used the paint to spray graffiti at nine spots, including on fences chosen at random and a vehicle, according to Dimick. The damage was estimated at $2,200. Tinaza also had a tattoo matching a symbol that he had allegedly spray-painted during the graffiti spree, Dimick said.
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