A Canyon Country man allegedly linked to more than 1,900 graffiti tagging incidents was arrested on Monday by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station COBRA detectives, the station reported Friday.
Christian Pacheco, 25, of Canyon Country, who is on active probation for multiple crimes, was arrested and charged with felony vandalism for graffiti tagging that allegedly occurred between January 2018 and December 2018.
“The yearlong investigation included efforts from patrol deputies, COBRA detectives and members of the city’s graffiti removal program team,” said Sergeant Brian Shreves, who oversees the station’s COBRA team, in a statement. “It was important for us to identify and apprehend the suspect. Pacheco’s criminal actions were both a financial burden, as well as an eyesore to the residents and business owners of Santa Clarita Valley.”
Pacheco was identified by detectives with the help of the city of Santa Clarita’s Graffiti Removal team, which uses a software program to document all graffiti incidents within the city limits.
The tracker organizes the graffiti in a database. The location of identical tags can then be displayed on a map or a list, revealing patterns in place, time and frequency. Sheriff’s station detectives can view a list of the top taggers in a certain area, look at the patterns of when and where the tagging occurred and use investigative techniques to identify the suspect.
The acts of vandalism reportedly linked to suspect Pacheco were documented in public right-of-way areas that included sidewalks, walls, signs and buildings located off of major thoroughfares such as Sierra Highway, Via Princessa and Soledad Canyon Road. The majority of the graffiti was visible to the public in places of businesses, schools and parks.
Pacheco was arrested and booked at the SCV Sheriff’s Station. He is being held without bail at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, where he awaits a Feb. 21 court date.