Police arrest suspected graffiti artist

Published: Friday, January 20, 2012 at 8:33 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 20, 2012 at 8:33 a.m.

The Gainesville Police Department arrested a suspect in connection with a recent rash of graffiti writing, also known as tagging.

Lance Miller Corbett, 18, 6223 SW Eighth Place, identified himself to GPD as the graffiti artist Twig. Corbett was charged with felony criminal mischief. He is accused of spray painting words found on the side of three tour buses.

Officer Jason Rarey said the buses were parked outside American’s Best Value, a motel at 1900 SW 13th St. early Tuesday morning. The buses were spray painted with “Bud76,” “Twig” and “S.O.G.,” an abbreviation for “Sons of Graffiti,” according to Rarey. The cost to repair the damage to the buses was estimated at $5,000 per bus for a total of $15,000.

Rarey said Corbett confessed to being involved with tagging buildings, signs, utility boxes and other surfaces along University Avenue and Southwest 13th Street in recent months.

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