Sunday, August 16, 2009

MySpace page helps police nab vandal

MySpace page helps police nab vandal

12:20 PM PDT on Saturday, August 15, 2009

By Associated Press

KING

WENATCHEE, Wash. -- A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to tagging several homes with graffiti in crimes that police solved by searching the social-networking site MySpace.

The Wenatchee World reports Erick Sanchez, of Wenatchee, was sentenced to two months in jail Wednesday in Chelan County Superior Court after pleading guilty to second-degree malicious mischief. He was charged as an adult.

Police received numerous graffiti complaints in June and suspected that a local street gang was responsible. Court records show investigators used MySpace to search for nicknames that were included in the graffiti.

Documents show Sanchez's MySpace page included pictures of some of the graffiti.

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