Cops: Serial Tagger Nabbed Painting Mural

A man who admits creating graffiti art throughout Southern California was caught by deputies while painting an unauthorized mural
in San Marcos, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Christopher Head was working on up a 20-foot-wide, 5-foot-high mural on a concrete bridge wall by Civic Center Drive in San Marcos when deputies apprehended him around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, said sheriff's Sgt. Dave Schaller.

Head's arsenal included a gallon can of paint and a roller, a backpack filled with 34 cans of spray paint, 68 spray tip nozzles and a digital camera, which he used to photograph his art, Schaller said.

Deputies Karen Bloch and Allan Paez were already on the lookout for a graffiti artist when they spotted and arrested Head. The Sheriff's Department had received complaints of an impromptu mural that popped up overnight on the San Marcos Creek watershed, according to Schaller.

While being interviewed by deputies, the 24-year-old Head admitted committing graffiti offenses throughout San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles counties since he was 19.

Head was booked at the Vista Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism.

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