Phoenix graffiti vandal pleads guilty

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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PHOENIX -- A graffiti vandal who reportedly tagged more than 300 sites around Phoenix in less than two years has pleaded guilty.

According to the Maricopa County Superior Court, Joel Delgado, 27, pleaded guilty to attempt to commit criminal damage and criminal damage.

The state alleges Delgado was the worst graffiti vandal in Phoenix. He allegedly tagged under the handle "Jugs" or "Jugz."

Delgado was tracked and investigated using new technology that allowed authorities to observe all the places he tagged, providing clues leading to his arrest in September.

According to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Delgado confessed to vandalizing more than 300 locations in Phoenix over approximately 20 months.

He faces up to 6.25 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 30.