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Facebook-Savvy Cops Track Down Graffiti 'Artist' Online

Police on Sunday detained a youth for defacing dozens of walls in Netanya with ugly graffiti – using Facebook to track down the culprit
By David Lev
First Publish: 1/26/2014, 8:11 PM

From the 'artist's' collection
From the 'artist's' collection
Police spokesperson

Police on Sunday detained a youth for defacing dozens of walls in Netanya with ugly graffiti – using Facebook to track down the culprit.

Police opened an investigation into the phenomenon several weeks ago, after dozens of people complained that walls had been defaced in the city. After searching for clues in vain, police decided to investigate via Facebook, checking the pages of known juvenile delinquents in the city.

They hit pay dirt when they examined a page belonging to a 21-year-old Netanya resident, who had posted photos of his “works.” Police on Sunday detained the youth, presenting him with evidence of his crime. During his interrogation, the youth said that he had been responsible for over 100 incidents of graffiti. Police booked him and released him to house arrest.

On their way to the suspect's house, police discovered and solved a case that had not even been listed in the complaints. Near the suspect's home, they observed a truck that had a drawing similar to the ones they had seen on Facebook. Questioning the driver, he said that he had just discovered the graffiti, and that the company wanted to charge him NIS 5,000 for the cleanup. Now, with the vandal unmasked, the trucking company will be able to sue the culprit and his family for the cleanup money, as will the dozens of other victims of the “artist.”