Oops! Suspected 'graffiti' vandals caught in the act

JONESBORO, Ark. – A joy ride for a bunch of teens ended in a real bummer Tuesday night.

A car full of 15-18-year-olds were reported by vigilant citizen while they spray painted a bridge already full of graffiti.

Craighead County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Norwood was dispatched at about 11:10 p.m. Tuesday night to Craighead 108 in reference to younger individuals spray painting a bridge. The caller said the group of four, two boys and two girls, were in a Nissan Altima.

“As I caught up to the vehicle I noticed that the vehicle tag was a match to what the caller had given, except for one letter on the plate,” Norwood wrote in the incident report. “Based on the vehicle coming from the direction of the crime, and the matching vehicle description, I stopped the vehicle to investigate the crime.”

Two girls, over 18, were driving with two passengers who were juvenile boys. NEA Report is deliberately not mentioning the suspects names, as two were juveniles and the other two, 18 years of age, face minor charges.

However, the female driver began the stop by trying to fool the officer into thinking she was not responsible, the report outlined, and it simply didn’t work. Deputy Norwood saw through the act and the girl quickly fessed up. One of the passengers admitted to spray painting a Chinese yin yang symbol on the bridge.

In a photo dated several years from Google Street View, the bridge already appears to be completely covered with graffiti.

The two girls were cited for criminal mischief two and the boys got their parents called on them.

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