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Deputies halt tagging

Detective says teens claim responsibility for $10,000 in damages

Posted: March 22, 2009 1:29 a.m.
Updated: March 22, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department deputies arrested three individuals suspected of being responsible for more than $10,000 in Santa Clarita Valley graffiti damages.

The charges were in connection with tagging found at Santa Clarita Park Friday night, according to a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department authorities.

Deputies arrived at Santa Clarita Park on Seco Canyon Road after receiving a call about taggers vandalizing the park building, said Detective Jeff Burrow, who works on the department's COBRA gang unit.

Sheriff's deputies arrested two individuals, 19-year-old Victor Anciola, of Saugus, and 18-year-old Luis Martinez, of Saugus, for suspicion of felony vandalism.

Burrow said in a follow-up interview with COBRA Team investigators, Anciola and Martinez admitted membership to the Los Angeles-based Florencia 13 gang, and claimed responsibility for more than $10,000 in damages across the Santa Clarita Valley.

Burrow said Anciola and Martinez also gave the officers a third suspect, 19-year-old Jovan Infante, who was arrested Saturday under similar charges at his home in Newhall, and a fourth suspect, and 19-year-old Willie Martinez, of Newhall, who was also taken into custody.

Burrow said most of the $10,000 in damages were committed Friday night at the park and at Bowman and Golden Valley high schools.

He added the suspects also claimed responsibility for other taggings in Saugus that have been reported to the Sheriff's Department over the past couple of weeks.

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