San Mateo police detained four juveniles last week on suspicion of
spray-painting graffiti on various walls throughout the city.
According to police, officers responded to the area of Tilton
Avenue and B Street at about 11:30 p.m. Friday on a report of graffiti
tagging in the alley between the Italian Social Club and Blue & White
Officers located two juvenile suspects, boys ages 11 and 15, at
the intersection of Tilton Avenue and Eldorado Street. While detained, the
boys showed police eight other locations in downtown San Mateo that they had
During the investigation, officers determined that two other boys
were also present during the graffiti tagging. Those boys, ages 11 and 14,
were contacted at their homes and were linked to the vandalism.
Police said all four boys were released to their families and the
vandalism reports have been forwarded to San Mateo County Juvenile Probation
for assessment and possible action.
San Mateo police are asking the public's help in spotting and
reporting graffiti in the community.
To report a graffiti tagging, call (650) 522-7300. Smartphone
users can download the "mySanMateo" app to their mobile device to report
graffiti and send a photo.