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Say it, don’t spray it 

On July 3, police arrested five teens—armed with cans of gray and silver spray paint—in connection with a rash of new graffiti in San Luis Obispo.
 
After receiving a tip that the young taggers were spray painting the walls and stairwells of the Marsh Street parking garage (with messages such as “Superio XIII,� “Brown Pride,� “Psycho,� and “PR 13�—the latter representing a teen gang that goes by the name “Paso Robles 13�), police hunted down the 13- and 14-year-olds and transported them to the Juvenile Services Center where they were held on suspicion of felony vandalism.
 
Four of the teens live in Atascadero and arrived by bus to join a San Luis Obispo teen in a tagging spree that included the bridge at the 1200 block of Santa Rosa Street, the dumpster at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and a concrete drainage culvert at Laguna Lake.
 
The youths’ tags resemble a recent barrage of graffiti in Los Osos, and investigators are looking into a possible connection, according to police.
 
“Graffiti is on the upswing right now. It is all over the place,� said San Luis Obispo Police Lt. Bill Proll. “I would like to see construction sites and contractors locking up their spray paint. These kids claim to have gotten the paint from a construction-site vehicle.�
 
The teens’ incarceration marks the second arrest in downtown SLO in the past two weeks. On June 19, police arrested 19-year-old John Miller after reportedly spotting him tag the outside of a Garden Street business.

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