City Unknowingly Paid Tagger to Erase His Own Work
A man suspected of tagging over 100 public areas in Burbank with graffiti since September, worked for a company the city pays to remove graffiti.
The tagger, Enrique Medrano, was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of burglary, vandalism and forgery. He was released on $20,000 bail.
A Burbank police spokesman, Darin Ryburn, said Medrano worked for Graffiti Protective Coatings, a Los Angeles Firm that says it has more than 1,000 government and private clients. Burbank has used the firm for over six years and pays the company about $100,000 a year to remove graffiti in areas that include parks and alleys.
Both the company and city said that a GPC smartphone app that tracks graffiti helped catch Medrano.
Officers monitoring the app noticed strange patterns of graffiti, and GPC noticed discrepancies in his orders, a city spokesman said.
Ryburn said Medrano submitted bills for more than $2,000 in work that he did himself.
After a judge signed arrest and search warrants, police found him removing graffiti Thursday in Burbank.
Following his arrest, GPC President Carla Lenhoff said that Medrano had been fired.
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