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Two more suspects arrested in connection to ongoing graffiti investigation

For Immediate Release: 15-Jul-2019 @ 2:59 PM
MRU #: 19R074-1 

Members of the EPS Whyte Avenue Beats team have arrested and charged another two suspects in connection to an ongoing graffiti series that is estimated to have caused upwards of $1M in damage across the city.

Additional information regarding other suspects connected to the same group of graffiti taggers was brought to investigators’ attention, following distribution of an EPS News Release on June 28th. As a result, police executed a search warrant on a residential address near 87 Street and 80 Avenue, which yielded close to a couple hundred cans of spray paint, paint pens and other items allegedly related to the graffiti series.

“We are grateful to the public for coming forward with information critical to this investigation,” says Sgt. Michael Keef, of the EPS Whyte Avenue Beats team. “These are people who are committed to our community, people who are proud to live here.”

Kellen Raas, 19, and Liam Movald, 21, were arrested and charged with mischief over $5,000 (x5), global charges that combine and cover a significant number of incidents.

Investigators believe there are other suspects still outstanding that were involved in this wide-spread graffiti series.

Anyone with additional information about these graffiti incidents and/or the other individuals involved are asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at
www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

Background:

Two male suspects were initially arrested by EPS Whyte Avenue Beats members during the week of June 28, 2019. They were charged with multiple mischief offences in relation to the same graffiti series, which saw some historic buildings across the city desecrated with spray paint.

Police believe the two 22-year-old males played a significant role in multiple incidents across the city, including many in the Old Strathcona area alone, says EPS Whyte Avenue Beats Sgt. Michael Keef.



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