Belmont Graffiti Vandals Arrested

Vandals were nabbed Sunday at the Belmont Sports Complex.


(Editor's note: The following information was provided by the Belmont Police Department.)

An alert citizen’s call to the t led to the arrest of graffiti vandals over the weekend in Belmont.

On Sunday at approximately 3:35 p.m., a citizen called Belmont police to report that four male subjects were spray painting graffiti on one of the buildings at the .

Officers responded and detained the four male juveniles: two 17-year-olds from Belmont; a 17-year-old from Redwood City and a 16 year-old from San Mateo.  The names of the suspects are being withheld due to their ages. 

After an initial investigation, all four were released to their parents. At this time investigators are able to connect these juveniles to several additional instances of graffiti, which occurred over the weekend in Belmont and are investigating their possible connection to other graffiti in Belmont and surrounding communities. 

When completed, the investigation will be submitted to the San Mateo County District Attorney for charges.

“This type of vandalism costs the residents and business owners of Belmont a great deal of money and time each year to clean up” said police chief Don Mattei.  “It also creates a blight on our community and we take prosecution of graffiti vandals seriously”, Mattei added.

kevin barnett January 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Hang the punks
Cheryl January 30, 2012 at 11:51 PM
charge them for all clean up and make them do graffitti cleanup for a year or more.
Michael D. January 31, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Great Job, throw the book at them.
Mrs B January 31, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Don't charge their parents because that teaches them nothing. But do make them clean it up like Cheryl suggests all on their weekends.
Michael Williams January 31, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Thanks to the citizen who reported them and the fast police reaction to apprehend them. Now the DA's office must do its job... and make it clear that Belmont won't tolerate vandalism of our public facilities. Make sure this generation gets the message.
Dubfields January 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM
woww.....capital punishment for some street art? You, good sir, have issues.
Dubfields January 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM
People have been doing "graffiti" for at least thousands of years...it isn't just the younger generation. http://www.arthistoryguide.com/Graffiti_Art.aspx Ignorance, however, is a blight on all generations, including Mike Williams'.
Justin January 31, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Dubs--you are confusing art with graffiti. The graffiti these kids did is called tagging--it's not art. They should have to do all the cleanup in FULL VIEW of the public; especially their peers.
Alice Stoddard January 31, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I say send the "artists" to Dubfields house. He seem tolerant enough to have them decorate his exterior. He might even compensate them for their trouble.
Police January 31, 2012 at 05:55 AM
I feel that the kids should be on probation with a good amount of community service hours... No neeed to throw them in jail I'm sure these kids were just having fun In their Minds but did not think how the community would respond and after this they should get the message
Police January 31, 2012 at 06:02 AM
And Kevin your a little out of hand there buddy... You must have had a boring lifestyle and I'm sorry but I feel like yes they screwed up I get that, but to these teens that our growing up in the environment watching movies or tv shows Thinks its cool to tag but this is why even tho They destroyed some walls you and almost everybody knows that's it's not a total big hassle to remove the paint or better yet have the kids themselves remove it ! As part of community service and probation it just bugs me knowing the kids in this news article are Getting the decision by the judge to go to juvenile hall , Belmont community. Is better then throwing our kids to jail... I just really hope these kids learned there lesson after what has happend and just follow through to what ever the judge has to say .
Dogbert January 31, 2012 at 05:56 PM
If we send them to Dubfields house will he see the handwriting on the wall?
Phillip Bailey January 31, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Hey Dubfields or is it DumbFields....Get a hold of Claire Mack, former Mayor of San Mateo whose 5am volunteer crew went out every saturday morning to scrub, paint over vandalism to other peoples property. You are of an age that tells me the Cell Phone message in Movie Houses all over the place to Please Shut down your phones so as not to be rude - was invented for people of your age who think anything is okay, and anybody who "looks at you" a certain way, is a form of disrespect. You probabaly also went to the defense of Andre Edwards at Ralston because you thought he was a cool dude. HeyDubs = guess everyone on here is wrong and you're right.....Nice Try!
Alice Stoddard January 31, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Tee hee. When Dogbert goes to the book of Daniel (5: 1-4) you konw things are not what they seem. I'm going to go with "no" as Dubs tends not to subscribe to the classic risk aversion idiom of "one in the hand is better than two in the bush." Also "beauity is in the eye of the beholder" so one man's graffitti is another man's art. Can't wait to see the pictures of Casa de Dub's here on the Patch.
Michael Williams February 01, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Thanks to all those who have spoken up here in defense of my "ignorance." Mr. or Ms. Dubfield, here's what an art history lesson won't teach you: That your parents have provided you with your home and your privileged life in this beautiful, safe and supportive community - and to do so has required decades of hard work. That every advantage you take for granted - the streets, your school, your parks, the hospitals, the fire and police departments that keep you safe - all were built by generations who spent one-third of their working lives paying the taxes that built these systems. We don't expect you to fully understand what it takes to build a family, a home and a community of this quality... not until you've spend a few decades doing that. We don't expect your gratitude. What we do expect is that you will not disrespect, deface or destroy what we work so hard to build and maintain. Every time you tag, vandalize or throw trash out your car window, you hurt every one of us... and add to the burdens we already carry for you. We will not accept that behavior... and neither should you.
Mecala February 01, 2012 at 06:42 PM
My heart sank when I saw the graffiti on the sports complex the other day. I'm so glad they caught the vandals. I think the punishment should be severe. Make it hit home for them. Perhaps we should vandalize something precious to them and see how they like it.
Phillip Bailey February 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
The fact that names and photos are (always) with-held due to the ages of the perps has passed us by. That priviledge should not be provided for moronic behavior - regardless of their chronological ages... (IMO)
belmont mom February 04, 2012 at 10:03 AM
while waiting at the light at Ralston headed west yesterday, I witnessed someone in the car in front of me dropped her cig out the window. still lit. given the drought, this behavior could become life-endangering and not just littering. how do we report this type of behavior? littering, vandalism - very similar in my mind. what to do if we see it happen?
Michael Williams February 04, 2012 at 09:35 PM
During the very long drought in the '70s, I was driving down to the coast on a rural road... as we reached Highway 1, a car full of youths was going up the road throwing lighted cigarettes out their car window. The cigarettes had already started fires in the dry grasses along the road. We stopped and stamped out the fires, thenraced back up the road to be sure no more fires were set. In that wooded canyon, those fires could have destroyed ranches and homes and killed many people... it was late at night and there would be little chance that they could escape a firestorm coming up the canyon. That's something we need to take VERY seriously here in Belmont. I've seen major woodland and grassland fires set accidentally in Marinwood, San Anselmo and of course the horrific urban firestorm in Oakland. We need more aggressive education and enforcement programs here in Belmont.


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