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Haverhill

July 18, 2013

Boy faces 18 more tagging charges

He's faced 14 counts of graffiti across city already

HAVERHILL — Police said they will bring more charges against a 16-year-old boy who was arrested last week for allegedly tagging 14 properties in the city and causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Police said they are bringing an additional 18 charges against the boy, who last week was charged with 14 counts of malicious damage to property as well as four counts of receiving stolen property — stolen license plates and city street signs.

The additional charges are the result of officers noticing graffiti while on patrol after last week’s arrest and recent reports from property owners, said police spokesman Lt. Robert Pistone. Police believe the boy made these markings before he was arrested, but they were not noticed or reported until more recently, Pistone said.

Police said the boy went on a tagging spree and used cans of blue spray paint to vandalize mostly commercial properties with the letters “KOSK.”

Because of the boy’s age, police are not releasing his name or the results of a hearing last week in Lawrence Juvenile Court, where he was to be formally charged with the first set of crimes. Police said the boy will be brought back to Juvenile Court to be arraigned on the new charges.

Police said an investigation into a large number of graffiti markings throughout Haverhill reported just before and during the week of the Fourth of July led to the arrest of the boy on July 9. Police said tagging was discovered outside the public library, on U.S. Postal trucks downtown, on billboards, and at the downtown train station and several businesses.

Investigators executed a search warrant at a home on Claremont Avenue. There, they said they found cans of blue spray paint, drawings of the letters “KOSK,’’ and stolen license plates and street signs.

Pistone said many of the new charges stemmed from reports received by police since The Eagle-Tribune published a story last week about the boy’s arrest.

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