Teens Arrested on Charges of Spray-Painting Cars, Fence
Teenagers from Milford and Grafton face felony vandalism charges, after they were caught and held for police late Tuesday by a man whose sister's car was spray-painted.
Milford Police arrested three teenagers late Tuesday, after they were caught and held by a man who said he found them spray-painting his sister's car.
The teens face felony vandalism charges in the incident. They are accused of applying spraypaint — a neon pink, and black — to two vehicles, and a fence on Congress Terrace, High Street and Overlea Avenue. The residential neighborhood is just west of Milford Town Park.
Police arrested: Calvin Kaczynski, 17, of 5 Amherst, Grafton, a student at Blackstone Valley Tech; Zachary W. Pagan, 18, of 4 Farese Rd., Milford, a student at Milford High School; and Mario Decastro, 17, of 4 Blanchard Rd., a student at Milford High, according to police records.
Each is charged with three counts of wanton destruction of property, valued at more than $250. The charges are felonies. They were released from police custody Wednesday morning, and will be in Milford District Court Thursday for arraignment, according to Clerk-Magistrate Thomas Carrigan.
The combined value of the vehicles — a 2001 PT Cruiser and a 2012 GMC Terrain — is estimated at $45,000. A fence that was spray-painted with a line of bright pink paint was valued at $2,500.
According to a report by officer Nathan Hathway, police were dispatched at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to a home on Overlea Avenue, where three people "were being held" by a man who said he observed them spray-painting his sister's PT Cruiser.
The 32-year-old man told police he was riding his bike home from a store when he observed three young men walking away from his sister's car, which was parked in front of the house. "He looked at her car as they were walking away and noticed it had been spray painted on the right door. He could hear one of the three of them still shaking a paint can as they walked away. He rode up to them and grabbed one of them and demanded to know what had happened."
Hathway's report continued: "He told them, 'That is my sister's car' and asked them what they did. He stated he told them he was calling the cops and they told him they were sorry for spray-painting the car."
Other officers arrived, and separated the teens for interviews. "We asked them if there were any other vehicles we were going to find spray-painted and they answered maybe another one, and possibly some other stuff," Hathway wrote.
Police checked the neighborhood and located a GMC Terrain, parked in front of a home on Congress Terrace, with the same color spray paint going down the left side of it. Police also found a white, vinyl picket fence on an adjoining street, spraypainted the same color, with a tag in black on the side.
According to Hathway's report, Kaczynski said in his interview that the teens had been at Decastro's house, and "decided to go tag random objects." The three skateboarded around the neighborhood, Kaczynski said. He told police he applied the red lines to the vehicles, while Decastro applied the black spray paint and "smile faces." He told police all of them agreed to do it.