Fresh graffiti found in a San Diego courtroom led sheriff’s deputies to a teen suspected of leaving his mark in about 60 other spots, a detective said Tuesday.

Graffiti Tracker website, with numbers of cases in which the technology has aided investigators.

An investigation began in late April when a court services deputy spotted the graffiti in several locations, including in the San Diego Superior Courthouse on Broadway, according to sheriff’s Detective Mark Milton.

Milton said the “suspected prolific tagger” also brazenly left the graffiti – his moniker – in the courtroom where he was being prosecuted for vandalism.

A deputy used the “Graffiti Tracker” system to document the tags and check for ones that might be related, which Milton said led to Francisco Canseco, 18, who had been arrested by San Diego police on suspicion of  60 other cases of graffiti.

On Thursday, sheriff’s deputies searched Canseco’s San Diego home and found graffiti-related evidence that linked the teen to the courthouse vandalism, Milton said.

The graffiti discovry led Canseco to be re-arrested on suspicion of five felony vandalism counts, he said.

– City News Service

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