Here's an important tip to you taggers and graffiti artists: Take “trophy shots” of your illegal work at night. Mitchell Lee, 22, of Cypress, learned the hard way that not only is it not smart to take such a photo in broad daylight at a school he'd allegedly marked up that same morning but that he should have chosen a different design than the identical marks left on a Cypress Police SWAT vehicle parked in a secure lot.
The vandalism to several sides of the SWAT vehicle–my guess is that says “Prince” or “Prime?”–was discovered about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Around 20 minutes later, officers were called to nearby Lexington Junior High School, where similar markings were spray-painted on the front of the campus, on a school sign and in the quad area.
But police were called back to the school about 3:45 p.m. because someone wearing a bandana over his face was taking pictures of the tagging. Police determined the man, later identified as Lee, had been responsible for the graffiti at the school and cop lot, which was estimated to cause $50,000 worth of damage.
Lee was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of vandalism and held on $20,000 bail. Cypress Police add further evidence against hm turned up after a search warrant was served at his residence.