LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Raids resulting in 19 arrests were conducted Wednesday at locations in Palmdale, South Los Angeles, Hawthorne and Inglewood in an operation targeting a tagging crew that caused more than $200,000 worth of damage to buses and Metro trains.

Investigators served 17 arrest warrants and conducted a half-dozen probation compliance checks, culminating a six-month investigation of the BDSK tagging crew, which is suspected in more than 500 vandalism cases, said Lt. Vince Carter of the Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau.

Investigators arrested 14 men, one woman, and four male juvenile, Carter said. The tagging crew has affiliates in a wide geographical area stretching from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, he said.

The Los Angeles crew targeted buses and Metro Green Line trains, and much of the vandalism occurred near the Glenn Anderson (105) and Harbor (110) freeways, Carter said.

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Comments (7)
  1. mork says:

    Keep it up, LAPD. I love a good street piece, but most of the tags aren’t worth anything. Just ugly noise.

  2. JUAN says:

    GET THAT TRASH L.A.P.D. ! ! ! !

  3. concered citizen. says:

    I notice they don’t tag their homes, just other people’s.
    Show their faces why are they hiding now?
    Aren’t your proud of your work?
    Writing on a wall is stupid…………………………Get a job.

  4. Kereg Bender says:

    Get those taggers! Make them drink their own paint. Most taggers are gang members anyway.The police should SHOOT ALL GANG MEMBERS ON SIGHT and put an end to their worthless lives. Gang members are terrorists and should be killed and their bodies left outside so the dogs can eat their flesh and the birds can pick their eyes out!

    1. joej says:

      dam Kereg thats brutal but im with u .

  5. jason h says:

    nice work…focus on taggers and jaywalkers and make people wait hours for 9-11 calls or never even investigate auto theft….lame.

  6. Ben Da Snake says:

    Graffity is our lifestyle, culture and religion. Cant stop wont stop the Bigdogs crew.thats for sure

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