Three young men arrested for spraying graffiti in an abandoned home, SK Regional Park
July 26, 2011 · Updated 11:46 AM
Taken from an incident report by a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy:
Sheriff’s deputies released three South Kitsap males, all under 18-years-old, to their parents, after questioning them about fresh graffiti at a house on SE Berger Lane and the batting cages at South Kitsap Regional Park.
A witness called 9-1-1 around 11:03 p.m. Saturday, to report that he had seen lights flashing on and off in a nearby house that was supposedly unoccupied. He thought there could be a burglary in progress.
A sheriff’s deputy arrived at the scene around 11:09 p.m.
He looked through the back window and saw that the house appeared empty, “without furniture or personal belongings.”
He also noticed that the rear sliding door was unlocked and a window in the house’s northeast corner was slightly open.
The deputy opened the sliding door.
“Sheriff’s office,” he announced three or four times, before entering.
Then, he walked through the house.
He didn’t find anyone, but noticed the smell of fresh paint coming from the home’s front bedroom.
In that bedroom, someone had spray painted a black clover leaf and some red lettering.
The paint was still wet, and there were cans of red and black spray paint as well as a Mag-Light flashlight, in the closet.
Another deputy who responded to the 9-1-1 call had seen a group of three young men walking south on Chase Rd. SE toward Lund Ave., as he was driving to the scene.
He noted that two tall males, in the group, wore dark clothing, and one short, thin male wore a white tank-top.
He relayed the information to other deputies, but didn’t stop to question the men because he thought, at the time, that the burglary was in progress.
But when he saw the graffiti and noted that no one was at the home, he went back to look for them.
South Kitsap Park was the first place he checked.
At the batting cages, he saw graffiti resembling what he'd seen at the house.
There was a black four-leaf clover, a black crown and red writing that said “29th St,” painted on a roll up door.
Another deputy found the three men.
He told them to show their hands, and could see paint on two of their hands, but not the third.
A deputy also noted that one wore a white hat with a black cloverleaf and black paint spots.
Deputies separated the three, to listen to their stories, individually.
They each told slightly different versions of the same story, and admitted that their group was responsible for the graffiti.
Deputies turned them each over to their parents.