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Friday February 15th, 2019 :: 01:32 p.m. PST


'Tag You're It;' Prolific tagger arrested by SCV Sheriff's after year-long investigation

A Canyon Country man linked to more than 1,900 graffiti tagging incidents was arrested on Monday, February 11, 2019.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's COBRA detectives apprehended suspect Christian Pacheco, 25, of Canyon Country, on charges of felony vandalism for graffiti tagging that allegedly occurred between January 2018 - December 2018. 

Sergeant Brian Shreves, who oversees the station's COBRA team stated, “The yearlong investigation included efforts from patrol deputies, COBRA detectives and members of the City’s graffiti removal program team. 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.”

Suspect Christian Pacheco was identified by detectives with the help of the City of Santa Clarita's Graffiti Removal team, who 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 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 associated 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.

Christian Pacheco, who is on active probation for multiple crimes, was arrested and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. He is currently being held on No Bail charges at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, where he awaits a Feb. 21 court date. 

Sent by: Shirley Miller, Public Information Officer
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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station polices the City of Santa Clarita and the unincorporated communities and a portion of the Angeles National Forest, as well as Bouquet Canyon, Canyon Country, Castaic, Gorman, Hasley Canyon, Newhall, Neenach, Sand Canyon, Santa Clarita, Saugus, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Sleepy Valley, Southern Oaks, Stevenson Ranch, Sunset Point, Tesoro del Valle, Valencia, Val Verde, West Hills and West Ranch.

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