Police Arrest Three Teens for Graffiti Binge

Tagging all over town over Memorial Day weekend spawned rumors that it was tied to an unofficial Tam High scavenger hunt, but police determine that it was not.

After six days of widespread rumors about who was responsible for a , Mill Valley Police said Friday that they arrested three teens on suspicion of the vandalism.

The graffiti, most of which came in the form of "SHT," was widely rumored to be tied to an unofficial scavenger hunt involving Tam High juniors, but police believe that the graffiti was not associated with the scavenger hunt, according to Sgt. Paul Wrapp.

Mill Valley Police Detective David Kollerer arrested the three teens at around 2 p.m.  following interviews on Thursday and released them to the custody of their parents, Wrapp said. The names and schools of the students arrested won’t be released because they are juveniles, Wrapp said.

The tagging was reported all over town, from downtown Mill Valley and the Sycamore area to Tam Valley and Almonte. The tagging reportedly occurred between Friday night (May 25) and early Saturday morning (May 26) and rumors quickly spread that it was connected to the annual “scavenger hunt,” an unofficial event for the past few years organized by Tam High students.

Tam High Principal Tom Drescher quickly sought to dispel those rumors and characterized the incident as the act of a few.

Wrapp said the punishment for graffiti and vandalism for juveniles ranges from a fine and restitution to probation and incarceration in rare cases.

Robin June 01, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Way to go law enforcement! I hope this incident leads to many discussions between parents and teens about the importance of taking care of the neighborhoods we are so lucky to live in.
Bud Wiesser June 01, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I can name them here if u all want.
Robert Emmons Wilkins June 02, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Absolutely. Juvenile or not, they need a strong message.
Sycamore park resident June 02, 2012 at 01:39 AM
How about 'you are not the center of the universe'. this is a message we all need to keep in mind, especially the drivers and bicyclists of Mill Valley.
Magoo June 02, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Let's hear it.
Elizabeth June 02, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Please don't. They are minors.
avanti94941 June 03, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I think these juveniles should be forced to clean all the Graffiti from Mill Valley to Tam Valley.That would be a fair punishment. What were they thinking?? Maybe a couple of marks could have been forgivable but there is graffiti everywhere from downtown MV to Tam Junction! It is upsetting to see these mindless actions by three ignorant Mill Valley kids. " I am sorry " just doesn't cut it anymore!
mharris127 June 03, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I think the perpetrators should be sent to juvenile hall for a couple of weeks -- spending their days cleaning up graffiti (since school will be out of session) and their nights sleeping in one of juvenile hall's cells. I realize that their handiwork will be cleaned up long before they are sentenced but I bet there is plenty of graffiti in San Francisco or Oakland for them to paint over (properly and with adequate supervision) and the authorities there would probably be glad to have the help. The perps parents can pay for the supplies needed to execute this sentence and the salaries of the juvenile hall guards guarding these miscreants while they are painting over graffiti. Maybe if the parents have to pay a few thousand dollars each they will keep a better eye on their kids in the future and not spare the rod when their kids misbehave!
Magoo June 04, 2012 at 05:35 AM
I agree to the above. Our society's deterrents are so weak.
Tam Valley Resident June 05, 2012 at 03:01 AM
These kids used washable paint and the crimes were far below what happened to Tam Valley and Mill Valley and yet the principal took a hard line, and its just what is needed. People are out of control with bad behavior and it has to start at the base level. Stop it before they turn into bad adults. Cheers to Brentwood. http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_20779383?source=inthenews
SadTamValley Resident June 12, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Well, they are unamed since they are minors, but their parents sure know who they are. If the parents had any shred of decency they would take responsibility and get this cleaned up. Apparently, the same bad parenting techniques that allowed the juveniles to feel they could tarnish our town are being continued as no one is taking responsibility for this. My guess is the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. It was a shame to have to explain to my toddler daughter why her Kay park was trashed, and why someone would want to do such a thing.
Ian Inman June 12, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Prevention is more effective than punishment. Enforcement of rules by parents & law enforcement can be helpful after the fact, but lets not forget that there are things we can do to stop acts like this from happening in the first place. Teenagers and young adults (ages 15+) can benefit from increased employment opportunities, internships, and/or skill development. This teaches accountability & responsibility, fills free time, and shows teens what it's like to be independent from parents/teachers out in the "real world". Teens and pre-teens (ages 11 - 14) can benefit from increased outreach efforts regarding programs offered by the city for their age group. If they can express themselves, compete, and socialize under general supervision then they will be less likely to "act out" these same things in public. Graffiti is almost always the result of self-expression (art), competition (protest/gangs), or socialization (peer pressure) when it happens in public.
Susan Cluff June 20, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Hard to understand. Would love to see the unsightly graffiti removed by perpetrators (and/or parents) with scrub brushes and paint removers.
sycamore resident June 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM
We have some in front of our house, has yet to be removed....I can't believe the parents wouldn't step up and make their kids go around removing it.
sycamore resident June 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Bud, curious if they are Mill Valley residents. I suspect that they are.


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