Teen accused of spray painting gang numbers
December 17, 2003
By William Ferchland
Tribune staff writer
A 17-year-old who was caught walking near the Factory Stores at the “Y” was arrested on a felony vandalism charge for allegedly tagging six businesses when he was found with blue spray paint on his fingertips, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.
The teenager was walking toward a male and a female who were sitting on a bench in front of Adidas Retail Outlet on Sunday at 2 a.m. The officer asked what he was doing and the teenager replied he was going to the bathroom.
Further questioning revealed the teenager was spraying “13” in the area, in a possible reference to the South Side 13 gang. The teenager denied he was a member but said he knew people in the gang.
The businesses included Nik-N-Willies Pizza, Vertical Sports, U-Haul, Pacific Bell, Sports LTD and McDonald’s.
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