Serial tagger nabbed after tagging courthouse while awaiting hearing

Graffiti Tracker tracks another vandal down

SAN DIEGO - He may be the world's boldest graffiti vandal.

Francisco Canseco, 19, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years probation after he was busted for tagging the downtown San Diego County courthouse. The City Heights man tagged benches and chairs inside the courthouse in April.

"You know, it's disheartening to think that tagging the courthouse, a nice public building and we're building the new one right across the street, so it's something that we don't like to see, obviously," said San Diego County sheriff's Deputy Carl Gregory.

Cpl. Gregory first saw the "KRE8" tag when he walked outside the courthouse.

"I saw some active graffiti which looked new on the sidewalk," he said. "I took a picture of it and entered it into the Graffiti Tracker system when I came back in the courthouse."

Graffiti Tracker is the same program used by sheriff's deputies in previous cases that have helped track down serial vandals who have caused hundreds of thousands worth of damage in the past. Gregory quickly learned Canseco was already in the courthouse that day to answer to 31 graffiti vandalism charges.

A detective tracked Canseco back to his home where they found more tags and all the gear used to make them.

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