A 32-year-old Quincy man was arrested for putting graffiti on Tuesday morning after police allegedly caught him with spray cans and photos of his previous work.
According to police, an officer was driving around Water Street at 3:25 a.m. on Tuesday morning when he saw a man walking along the street with a backpack.
Knowing that several car break-ins and tagging incidents had occurred lately, the officer pulled over at Crescent Street and Hall Place and asked the man what he was doing.
According to police, the man said he was heading back home, although officers noted he was walking in the wrong direction. Police said he had paint in his fingernails and on his clothes.
The officer asked the man if he could look in his bag, which the suspect allowed. Inside the bag were numerous cans of spray paint, gloves, sharpie markers, and sketches of the words “size” and “sizer” in different fonts, police said.
According to police, the officer also found a silencer for spray cans, a small head light, and some marijuana. A camera in the bag had over 500 photos saved to the memory, all of which were of the two monikers scribed on transit and commercial property throughout Boston.
Police released the suspect and said they would file a report through the transit police about the tagging seen on the camera.
However while the officer was on his way back to the station, he found that 251 Water Street had been painted with the word “sizer” on the billboard. A utility bog and mailbox nearby were also tagged, police said.
The officer notified dispatch and additional officers were sent out. The suspect was located on West Street and taken into custody.
In total, 13 different structures, all within a mile of one another, had been tagged with the same moniker. The paint was fresh and in some cases still dripping.
William Lucchesi, 32, of Quincy was charged with a felony charge of defacing property: tagging.