Vandalizing Several Streetlight Poles Spotlights Poor Decision Making by Two Graffiti Vandals in Boston
About 2:03am, on Monday, December 3, 2012, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for vandalism in progress in the area of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Ave. While en route to the call, officers learned that the suspected vandals were seen spray painting or tagging several light poles. On arrival, officers were met by Berklee College Public Safety Officers who directed officers to a pizza shop on Boylston Street. According to the Berklee officers, two of the graffiti vandals had entered the store. Upon entering the store, offices located two individuals who matched the description of the suspects.
While questioning the suspects, officers noted that one of the suspects had what appeared to be silver and black spray paint on his hands while the other was in possession of a backpack covered in similar colors.
A search of the immediate area enabled officers to locate approximately twenty seven locations in and around 200 Massachusetts Ave that had been defaced by graffiti. In each instance, silver or black colored paint had been applied. Moreover, in the majority of the cases, the odor of fresh paint was still easily detectable and, in some of the cases, the paint was still wet to the touch.
Officers arrested Andrew Vesprini, 27, of Lexington and Isaac Lehman, 18, of Arlington and charged both with Damage to Property by Graffiti.