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UPDATE: SCV Deputies arrest graffiti suspect

Posted: March 18, 2013 2:51 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2013 7:26 p.m.
 

A young man suspected of committing 160 acts of graffiti vandalism was booked Monday at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, officials said.

The arrest came just two days after detectives asked for the public’s help in identifying a vandal who allegedly caused more than $40,000 in damage.

The request was issued Saturday, but it was a patrol deputy who stopped a young man in Newhall that day who recognized the man’s resemblance to the suspect, Deputy Josh Dubin said Monday.

Detectives working in the station’s anti-gang detail began investigating the young man for a “potential involvement in the incidents of graffiti,” Dubin said.

On Monday, they served a search warrant at the residence of Nicolas Palma, 19, of Newhall, who was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance.

“Through the investigation, detectives reportedly uncovered additional information and evidence believed to be connected to many of the recent incidents of vandalism,” Dubin said. “Mr. Palma is alleged to have committed in excess of $40,000 worth of graffiti-related vandalism.”

Detectives are expected to submit information to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration, he said.

Palma is being held in custody with bail set at $10,000.

He is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Tuesday.

jholt@the-signal.com
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