A San Diego teenager busted for vandalism after tagging the inside of a courthouse will spend the next three years on probation and will have to pay nearly $17,500 in restitution, a judge ordered Tuesday.
Francisco Canseco, 18, is linked to dozens of cases of graffiti in San Diego County including the brazen tagging of the very courtroom in which he was being prosecuted for vandalism.
According to officials, the investigation into Canseco began on April 25 when a deputy noticed fresh graffiti of a moniker tagged at several locations inside the San Diego Superior Courthouse.
The deputy used a Graffiti Tracker System to document the vandalism and check for other related cases and found that the San Diego Police Department had arrested Canseco in the past in connection with more than 60 cases of graffiti involving the same moniker.
Officials obtained a search warrant to search Canseco’s home and there discovered evidence tying him to graffiti vandalism, including the bold courtroom incident. He was arrested again on June 12 on five new felony counts.
On Tuesday, a judge sentenced the prolific vandal to three years of formal probation. He’ll also be remanded for 180 days, the San Diego District Attorney’s office confirmed.
Additionally, the teen will have to pay restitution in the amount of $35 per month. In the DA’s case, Canseco owes $1,470 in restitution and in the City’s Attorney’s case, he owes $16,071.75.