SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities believe they have arrested a prolific tagger who allegedly struck more than 750 times in the Santa Clarita Valley since 2009.
Detectives announced that the graffiti artist who tagged the name “Rane” is behind bars.
The vandal was identified at 23-year-old Isiah Garcia.
Garcia — who authorities also believe used the tag “Kase” — was arrested and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Detectives served a search warrant at Garcia’s home in the 25200 block of Everett Drive in the Newhall area Thursday morning.
Officials say Garcia used spray paint, permanent markers, etching tools, and adhesive stickers to leave vandalize windows, walls, and almost any other stationary object within the Santa Clarita Valley.
Announcing the arrest, the LA County Sheriff’s Department crowed, “Rane of Terror Ends.”
The city of Santa Clarita’s Graffiti Removal Program documented approximately 750 graffiti incidents allegedly committed by Garcia the past five years. Local business owners said the alleged vandal also etched his name in various store windows.
Detective J. Burrow, who headed the investigation to find Rane, worked closely with the city of Santa Clarita’s Graffiti Abatement Coordinator to identify the full extent of the damage done.
Detectives reportedly recovered numerous cans of spray paint, permanent markers, etching tools, adhesive stickers and other evidence linking Garcia to the tagger names Rane and Kase, officials said.
Detectives are asking any property owner, especially within the Santa Clarita Valley who has not yet reported vandalism possibly committed by Garcia to do so by calling Santa Clarita Valley Station at (661) 255-1121.
The monetary value of the damage Rane and Kase is alleged to have caused is still being determined.