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Student's vehicle vandalized

• Several vehicles tagged over 2 days near Saugus High

Posted: May 15, 2008 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 16, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Los Angeles County Law Enforcement Technician Terri Beatty documents fingerprints pulled off a truck vandal-ized near Saugus High on Wednesday.

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Whoever vandalized Saugus High School junior David Gandara's truck left behind a signature - a whole lot of handprints.

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Gandara had a break in his schedule and decided to leave campus before his sixth period class, and walked to his truck, which was parked on nearby Scallion Drive.

He found the 1999 Dodge Ram covered in derogatory statements and obscene pictures, written in green and orange paint. That included green handprints all over the vehicle.

The graffiti, racial and sexual in nature and written with green and orange hand paint, was later washed off after a forensic technician from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station took fingerprint samples from the vehicle.

"They did leave a definite signature," sheriff's Deputy Tom Drake said as he closely observed the rigid, green-painted finger and hand prints against the white-painted vehicle. "A few cars were reported as tagged in a similar fashion (on Tuesday) with the same green paint on this very street."

Anyone with information can call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121.


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