Tempe police arrest 2 suspected vandals

Tempe police arrest 2 suspected vandals

Credit: Tempe Police Department

Joseph Quintero (left) and Julius Ceaser Garcia

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 6:56 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Two men have been arrested for allegedly committing multiple acts of trespassing, burglary and criminal damage in Tempe.

On July 14, 20-year-old Joseph Quintero and 19-year-old Julius Ceaser Garcia allegedly threw rocks through windows of Little Caesar's Pizza and The Door Christian Fellowship Church at Rural and Broadway roads.

Quintero was arrested at the time on felony charges of third-degree burglary and aggravated criminal damage to a church, and misdemeanor charges of second-degree criminal trespassing and minor in consumption.

Police arrested Garcia on Aug. 12 after looking into graffiti incidents while investigating the July 14 burglary.

Police said that between April and July, the Tempe Community Action trailer, McClintock High School and a parked vehicle were defaced with graffiti.

Garcia was arrested on one felony count of third-degree burglary and one misdemeanor count of criminal damage - graffiti.

Police said city officials have made graffiti prevention and eradication a top priority to improve neighborhood quality of life.

"This is an area Tempe has long been working on and we are making great progress," said city councilman Kolby Granville. "It's a true north marker about the quality of the neighborhood."

To report existing graffiti, go to tempe.gov/311 or call City 311 at 480-350-4311.

To report graffiti in progress, call 911 or the police department's non-emergency line at 480-350-8311.

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