A Boise man is behind bars, charged with five felonies, and accused of being responsible for 342 incidents of vandalism and $217,000 in damage.
Boise Police announced late Thursday that the suspect was arrested May 6 on a probation violation, and while he was in the Ada County Jail, he was served with the felony charge of malicious injury to property. Police said they had been connecting leads for many months and they believed the suspect primarily used spray paint to damage private and public property 342 times, including businesses, fences, walls, utility boxes, city parks and public schools.
"Business owners say they fear losing customers from the negative image graffiti generates, and residents say graffiti often sends the message that a neighborhood is in decline or over-ridden with crime," said Captain Steve Myers of the Boise Police Community Outreach Division. "That's why we place a priority on getting these crimes reported ... and getting the damage removed and tracking down who's responsible."
Matthew Armstrong, 20, of Boise remains at the Ada County Jail, charged with five counts of malicious injury to property.