Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spin Milwaukee Employees Catch Graffiti Tagger In The Third Ward

Officer Leno discovers multiple cans of spray in tagger's backpack.

Photos: HNG

Police detained suspected tagger in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 28, 2011

Milwaukee - On Wednesday, three employees and other good samaritans were able to chase and catch a teen suspected of being a graffiti tagger. An employee at Spin Milwaukee, a table tennis club at the 200 block of E. Chicago St. in the Historic Third Ward heard skateboarders in an alley and also heard a spray can being shaken. Some graffiti was tagged in the wall, according to an employee.
When he investigated, at least three youths fled the scene and three employees from Spin Milwaukee chased the suspected taggers for about four blocks South on E. Pittsburgh Ave. Other people came to the aid and about 8:43 p.m. they were able to catch one of the suspected taggers at the Northeast corner of E. Pittsburgh Ave. and S. Water St.
A witness said, the teen threw a backpack over a fence. The backpack was recovered and Police Officer Leno who arrived at the scene with other officers discovered multiple cans of spray cans inside the bag.
The teen was detained and police are looking for two more suspected taggers. It's extremely difficult and rare to catch taggers vandalizing buildings with graffiti.

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