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4 suspects arrested for $100K in graffiti

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VISTA (CNS) - A 21-year-old man and three juveniles were in custody today for allegedly causing more than $100,000 worth of combined graffiti damage in the city of Vista, authorities said.

All four alleged taggers were arrested separately during a recent two-day sweep dubbed "You Spray, You Pay," according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Joe Mata.

Pedro Uribe, 21, was arrested at his residence in the 200 block of East Drive on suspicion of 143 felony vandalism counts, Mata said, adding that damage allegedly caused by Uribe was estimated at $62,000.

The three juveniles were arrested at their respective residences or at their schools. One was arrested on suspicion of 30 counts of felony vandalism, while another was arrested on suspicion of 45 counts and the third was arrested on suspicion of 63, Mata said.

Each juvenile allegedly caused between $12,000 and $27,000 in damage to property in the city of Vista, according to the sergeant.

Their names were withheld because they are minors.

During the "You Spray, You Pay" sweep, authorities also sent a minor decoy into five Vista stores to see whether the business would sell spray paint to underage shoppers. The decoy was able to purchase spray paint at T & L Variety Store at 828 N. Santa Fe Ave. and Top Value & 99 Cent Store at 1234 N. Santa Fe Ave, Mata said.

Clerks at both stores were cited and released, he said.

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