Myspace, a free website, allows users to form networking groups based on shared interests. All three of the teenagers charged were members of a group called ”Graffiti Artists,” which features artists from all over the world.
Police used photographs, of the graffiti, and the list of “interests,” tagging, found on the website as probable cause to bring the three teenagers in for questioning.
CBS4 in Boston reports in their news clip:
(one) 18-year-old has been charged with 28 counts of tagging property and 11 counts of malicious damage of more than $250; , (another) 17(years old), has been charged with 17 counts of tagging and 11 counts of malicious damage of more than $250; and (another) 18 year old, has been charged with 14 counts of tagging.
They were charged according to each “tag” on every building and vehicle, which accounts for the numerous counts. The Stoughton Journal reports that they face “felony”criminal charges and the possibility of paying restitution.
As graffiti artists and websites proliferate it is assumed that police and detectives will use them as an aid, much like this example and what happened recently in Dallas.