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Ellsworth police nab ‘blood diamond’ graffiti vandal

Posted July 17, 2012, at 3:31 p.m.
Last modified July 17, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A 15-year-old Ellsworth boy was issued a summons Tuesday on a charge of criminal mischief after he allegedly drew a stylized diamond and the initials “B.D.” on a spate of buildings, Dumpsters and street signs.

The boy, with his parents, admitted to police that he was the graffiti culprit, said Ellsworth police Detective Dotty Small.

According to the teen, “B.D.” stands for “blood diamond,” Small said, and the string of about 20 diamonds was expected to total just less than $2,000 in property damage.

“He really likes graffiti art, and apparently paper wasn’t doing it for him,” Small said.

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The boy became the Police Department’s chief suspect after several tips from Facebook. He also was spotted in surveillance video after he tagged property near Ellsworth Public Library.

Small said she caught the teen red-handed Monday when he left Ellsworth High School just after 1 p.m. and crossed the street to the Eastland Park apartment complex on State Street.

“He was acting kind of jittery and kept fumbling with something in his pocket,” she said. “I saw him shaking something, and I thought it was a spraypaint can but it was a paint marker. Then he started tagging the Dumpster.”

The teen has a court date set for September, Small said, and likely will have to pay restitution and work to clean up the graffiti.

“He’s actually a pretty good artist. There are some out in the street that are really well done,” Small said. “He just wasn’t thinking. He didn’t seem like a bad kid at all.”

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