Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Graffiti

Source: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers
Source: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers

From Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers

LUFKIN, TX - Graffiti, no matter how artistic the work, is a crime. 

A person commits a crime under Section 28.08, Texas Penal Code, if they intentionally or knowingly make markings on the property of the another person, without the effective consent of that person, using paint, an indelible marker, or an etching or engraving device.

Given the costs of properly repairing the damage, Graffiti is a crime that easily reaches the felony offense level.  If the damaged property is a school, church, cemetery, public monument, or community center, the crime might be a State Jail Felony offense.

All over East Texas vandals have graffitied buildings, bridges, fences, signs, trains, and just about anything else that stood still long enough for them to act.  You don’t have to look hard to find their handy work but we’ve included a few images of recent tags from around Lufkin.

We don’t know “Elizabeth” or “KW” but we have reward money ready for the right anonymous tip.

If you know the identity of the “artist” responsible for the graffiti shown here, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or submit a tip online at  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.  Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.