Three men charged with property damage by graffiti

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Three men in St. John’s have been charged with property damage by way of graffiti.

The RNC says in a news release the charges resulted from an investigation into mischief complaints which began in March.

Charged is an 18-year-old man with one count of mischief, another 18-year-old man with five counts of mischief, and a 20-year-old man with five counts of mischief.

The mischief is in relation to property damage throughout St. John’s by way of graffiti.

The three accused are believed to be part of an organized graffiti group.

All three individual were released to appear in provincial court on July 25.

The RNC is seeking assistance from the public with regard to these incidents. If anyone has witnessed or has information regarding one or more of these events, to contact the RNC at 709-729-8000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800- 222-TIPS (8477). You can provide anonymous information on the NL Crime Stoppers website at

Organizations: RNC, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: March.Charged

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  • Enough is enough
    June 29, 2013 - 06:27

    Council beware we don't want these people painting up construction fences or equipment. I am appalled at your responses. These people are criminals. They have no respect for public property and have caused thousands of dollars in damages which they should be made to clean up. Put them in HMP for a couple of weeks and let them paint that place. Might wake them up to see that there is more to life than idle art and attention seeking. Council beware we don't want ugly construction site fences painted with these symbols, names etc. We want a clean city. Get real or get voted out!

  • More than a tag
    June 28, 2013 - 11:03

    It's news like this that makes me sad. Has anyone actually ever taken a good look at some of the work that this organized graffiti group has done? It's incredible really; the amount of effort, time and money that goes into crafting some of their graffiti. Places like the Bar None alley downtown would look desolate without graffiti; it gives the place character and really brings the bleak concrete walls to life. If the RNC focused their time on more important issues then the city would veritably become a "cleaner place". Take a stroll down by Tessier place, for example, or any surrounding streets. What do you see? Top of the line cars, Mercedes, Beamers, Audi's; and people constantly coming in and out. Could it be any more obvious? Sure, by dismantling organized graffiti there may be a slight decrease in the 'tags' around town. Yet, this would only make the city clean on the surface, with far worse things below it. Do we want a superficially clean city or a genuinely clean city? -Hopeful And Notably Zealous

    • Could be Worse
      June 28, 2013 - 12:30

      For those of you condemning graffiti: take some time to actually consider what else these people could be doing with their spare time. Addiction, drug dealing, violent crimes; all are growing problems in this province and it's time that people recognize that. The graffiti we know today has been around for a much shorter time than you might think. While it's true they could have easily found legal walls to practice on, it is also true that the owners of said walls could have invested a little time and money into safeguarding their property if they truly wanted these occurences to stop. Let's be honest, no one likes having to look at a building that was defaced for no good reason, but today, graffiti itself is more than that. These people have probably spent countless hours planning and drawing just what they want to create, let alone finding the damn place to put it up. They could just have easily gone anywhere and drawn profanity to no end, but the things that appear are different than that, much different. Call me crazy, but after actually looking at it, I realize that what they have done is, in a way, appealing. It is modern. It shows creativity, culture, and a devotion to the founding of a new art form. If more space was allotted for these people to work on, then maybe we wouldn't have the problems we have now. Clearly they wouldn't have chosen public spaces if they didn't want people to see their hard work, so why not give them more space to work with (Bar None downtown being a perfect example of this space)? Although some of you may not be able to appreciate their desire to create something for people to enjoy, I can. So before you denounce these men as "punks who spray crap", take a moment to familiarize yourself with the reality of the situation. Good day.

    • Kent
      June 28, 2013 - 17:08

      Since when was " it could have been worse" a defense for defacing public and private property? This just demonstrates the moronic, childish and selfish personalities of those who try and justify a crime by comparing it to another crime.. So we should reward them I guess since instead of defacing our city, they're not robbing banks in their spare time?... Complete morons!

    • Thanks Kent
      June 29, 2013 - 11:54

      ^Honestly not surprised at this response after your last comment. Lol. Go be a big tough guy somewhere other than the internet! And next time acknowledge my entire comment rather than just one aspect of it.

  • Kent
    June 27, 2013 - 20:47

    These people are 18 - 20 yrs old and they're going around tagging?? Time to grow up kiddies and get your acts together... You're not 13 anymore... Adulthood is coming quickly and you're looking rather lame with these juvenile antics. Are you all still going to be doing this when you're 25? Time to park the old skate-boards dudes.

  • Whaddaya At
    June 27, 2013 - 17:01

    That's good to hear. When are Municipal Enforcement Officers in Mount Pearl going to do something about the punks spraying their stupid graffiti crap on public property in Mount Pearl .?

  • William
    June 27, 2013 - 14:16

    Looks like the RONG Crew just got righted by the RNC. Nice work, hopefully this will help to clean up the city.