Third suspect arrested in Los Banos vandalism case

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comMarch 7, 2014 

Police made another arrest Tuesday in a vandalism case it has been investigating for three weeks.

Sgt. Jesse Ceja has identified a 15-year-old male suspected of being involved in a Feb. 16 vandalism near the intersection of Overland Avenue and North Street. Police said the teen was arrested on suspicion of vandalism for that incident and seven others.

Police said the teen’s mother could receive more than $3,400 in fines.

The latest arrest comes after two others were made the day of the incident. Sgt. Elias Reyes was patrolling the 200 block of Citrus Avenue at 2:07 a.m. Feb. 16 when he observed two juveniles attempting to hide from him, police said.

The juveniles ran but were apprehended by the sergeant, with the help of officer Alfonso Flores.

The juveniles had spray paint cans in their possession, police said, adding that officers found a large amount of spray paint graffiti on a wall near the intersection of Overland Avenue and North Street.

Police said the juveniles told officers they were responsible for the wall being defaced. Both juveniles, whose ages were not released, were arrested on suspicion of vandalism and later released to their parents.

Police said Ceja conducted a follow-up investigation, identifying the juvenile as suspects in at least seven other incidents of graffiti around Los Banos.

In addition to criminal charges, police have issued more than $6,500 in administrative fines for violations of the municipal code in the two cases.

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