TUCSON - “It happens so often that in some cases, it's hard to keep up with.” That's what one local business owner told News 4 Tucson about the tagging on his building.
Larry Finman owns Special Needs Vehicles. It's located along Oracle Road. He spends about $12,000 a year painting over graffiti.
“Its very frustrating, and yes you do get angry,” he said.
Tucson police detectives from the Operations Division West arrested the suspected tagger and two others for thefts, burglaries and an armed robbery.
The total damages were almost $10,000.
“I'm glad the Tucson Police Department was able to track him down,” said Finman.
Police say Juanito Delgado caused $3,000 worth of criminal damage in this case.
Det. Rigo Eguerrola recognized him from a TPD flyer.
“He was mainly tagging throughout the city of Tucson and also Pima County,” said Eguerrola.
Det. Olga Ramirez was also looking at Delgado and Oscar Bringas for committing several thefts in March and April.
“Their target item of merchandise was liquor and cigarettes in large quantities,” said Ramirez.
Surveillance cameras captured Delgado and Oscar Bringas going behind the counter and stealing the merchandise from Circle K.
“We hardly ever recover these items so we as a consumer end up paying,” said Ramirez,
When Oscar Bringas was arrested, he admitted to Det. Ramirez, “Most of the time they were under the influence of something. When they conducted these thefts, which escalated to an armed robbery.”
Surveillance cameras showed Bringas, and another man, Israel Ortiz, going behind the counter, showing a gun and demanding the clerk to open the cash register.
As for the tagging, there's plans to paint over it, and hopefully the walls will remain graffiti-free.
The detectives were able to clear at least four cases in the city.
There's also a possibility the individuals committed crimes in the county.
The charges include trafficking in stolen property, burglary, armed robbery and criminal damage.
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