Friday, May 30, 2008

California Tagger Charged; $70,000 in Property Damage

A suspected tagger who allegedly posted his work on YouTube was charged Thursday in Los Angeles with 32 felony counts of vandalism totaling nearly $70,000 in damage, the District Attorney’s office announced.

Cyrus Yazdani, 24 (dob 7-17-83), who allegedly used the moniker “Buket,” was arrested after investigators recently spotted a YouTube video allegedly showing him tagging MTA buses and property belonging to the Army Corps of Engineers along the L.A. River Bed. The alleged incidents occurred between September 2005 and January 2007. Damage is estimated at more than $70,000.

He is charged in case BA341250, said Deputy District Attorney Joseph Shidler. Prosecutors are asking that bail be set at $234,000. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in state prison. He is currently on probation after pleading no contest in July 2007 to three counts of felony vandalism.

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