3 juveniles held in Tarpey Village graffiti strike

June 16, 2011 

Three juveniles are in custody on felony vandalism and hate-crime charges after an early Thursday morning graffiti rampage in Tarpey Village, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

About 20 people awoke Thursday morning in an area near Sussex and Manila avenues to find swastikas and white-supremacy slogans.

The boys, two of whom are 17 and one of whom is 16, targeted vehicles, boats, fences, houses and the street itself, sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said.

"Pretty much anything that you can paint on, they tried," he said.

Curtice said a resident discovered the damage about 5:30 a.m. and called deputies.

Other neighbors discovered their property had been hit and also called.

It wasn't long before deputies found the boys, who are related and live in a home in the area.

They were covered in paint when deputies found them, Curtice said.

The paint was apparently taken from a city of Clovis truck that was parked in the neighborhood.

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