Witness helps nab graffiti suspect

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Eugene Gimzelberg By Jennifer Thomas Eugene Gimzelberg By Jennifer Thomas

GILBERT, Ariz. -- A 33-year-old man who was found naked in a sewer in March may be responsible for a series of graffiti incidents, according to the Gilbert Police Department.

A woman called police Saturday morning after seeing a man painting a large graffiti mural on a wall along the railroad tracks south of Williams Field High School.

As officers were arriving, the witness reportedly saw the suspect hide a bag and walk away from the area. Police said they located numerous cans of spray paint.

Police officers contacted Eugene Gimzelberg at his home. The witness identified him as the graffiti offender and he was taken into custody.

Later that day, a search warrant was conducted on Gimzelberg's residence in relation to an ongoing graffiti investigation involving 16 incidents in Gilbert since 2008. This investigation is ongoing with the belief that additional graffiti cases will be cleared.  

On March 2, Gimzelberg was arrested after he was found naked in the bottom of a sewer along the Loop 202 San Tan and Higley Road in Gilbert. He fell about 35 to 40 feet down the sewer pipe in a retention area.

Gimzelberg was cited for trespassing and criminal damage.