Reported last month were the "thousands" of graffiti tag marks at the heart of an investigation that led to the arrest of three youths in Brandon.
It was at the site of one of the more extensive displays of this graffiti that representatives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office talked about the serious ramifications of graffiti, regardless of whether it is gang- or art-related.
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Unchecked graffiti leads to the "perpetual decay of everything," said Larry McKinnon, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.
Instances of graffiti are not hard to find, regardless of the ramifications they carry for the perpetrators. Those consequences include possible jail time, fines and civil liabilities, "with various businesses for restitution," according to Lt. Frank Losat, who led the months-long investigation into the latest round of graffiti markings, which included the words "swingset," "krast," "dash" and "rayek."
Juvenile graffiti? Parents are responsible for civil liabilities, Losat added.
What keeps graffiti at bay is due diligence.
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