VISTA (CNS) - A man accused of marring scores of commercial and residential properties in Vista with graffiti, causing more than $15,000 damage, pleaded not guilty Thursday to one felony and 47 misdemeanor counts of vandalism.
Luis Enrique Maganda, 18, could face up to three years in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco.
Maganda was arrested about 8 a.m. Tuesday at his parents' home in Oceanside during a routine check on his compliance with his court-ordered probation requirements, Deputy Paul Milchalke said.
Maganda is believed to have used spray-paint and ink markers to scrawl his moniker on walls, fences and numerous utility poles and electrical junction boxes, according to Milchalke.
"During the probation compliance check, deputies seized several items of evidence relating to graffiti," said Milchalke, who declined to say why Maganda was on probation.
Vista Judge Marshall Hockett set Maganda's bail at $25,000 and ordered him to return to court next Wednesday for a readiness conference and March 25 for a preliminary hearing.
A week ago, sheriff's investigators arrested another North County probationer on numerous tagging charges.
Oscar Fernandez, 26, was arrested March 8 at the Oceanside home-improvement store where he works, authorities said.
Deputies searched Fernandez's Foothill Drive home and seized more than 100 items of evidence that allegedly ties him to numerous graffiti crimes, said sheriff's Sgt. Joe Mata.
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