A five-month-long investigation into widespread graffiti in Ramona and Poway yielded the arrests of three young members of a local graffiti tagging group, officials from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.
Sheriff’s detectives say their lengthy investigation into 131 incidents of graffiti in the Ramona and Poway areas came to a conclusion earlier this month. The graffiti – which targeted businesses, libraries, churches, schools and private properties – caused more than $82,000 in damages.
Ultimately, detectives served three search warrants on a Ramona-based graffiti tagging group called “Making Art Daily” or “MAD.” From there, three members of the group were arrested for felony vandalism charges in connection to the widespread graffiti.
Deputies say those suspects include Cameron Benge, Skylar Paschke and Michael Davis, each 19 years old.
Detectives say the MAD members allegedly used spray paint, permanent markers and etching devices to deface properties. Investigators used a graffiti tracking database to document the tagging and identify the suspects.
Deputies say the investigation into this graffiti group and other local tagging and gang-related graffiti is ongoing. Anyone with information on MAD or other similar groups should reach out to the Ramona Substation.