Merced County sheriff's officers on Tuesday arrested a 15-year-old boy suspected of "tagging" his moniker on several buildings in Delhi, causing about $2,000 in damage.
The boy's name was not released because he is a minor. The boy's moniker also was not released out of concern it would encourage the criminal behavior.
The boy also was arrested last week when he was spotted spray-painting a park bench, said deputy Tom MacKenzie, a sheriff's spokesman. Sheriff's deputies released the boy to his parents that day.
Deputy Lucas Hukill received several other reports of someone using the same moniker in graffiti on buildings such as the Delhi Travel Center and picnic benches.
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On Tuesday, Hukill went to the boy's home in the 15000 block of Bradbury Road in Delhi and served a search warrant. While searching the boy's room, MacKenzie said Hukill found markers, paint and practice sketches of the graffiti.
MacKenzie said the boy admitted to committing the vandalism, but he is not believed to be involved in gang activity.
The boy was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism and was being held Wednesday at the Merced County Juvenile Hall.