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Swastikas, other graffiti link suspects to school vandalism, police say

January 22, 2011 |  7:38 am

Prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old La Crescenta man with spray-painting graffiti on the walls and playground areas of Valley View Elementary School.

Travis Morgan was charged with one felony count of vandalism and a misdemeanor count of illegally possessing a hypodermic needle, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. The vandalism on Jan. 12 caused more than $400 in damage on the school campus, officials said.

After being notified of the graffiti by school officials, Glendale police began looking into the markings to determine whether it contained links to taggers, officials said.

Police went to Morgan's home on Friday to follow up on an interview and discovered him inside his bedroom trying to cover up graffiti spray-painted on his walls, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Police said the graffiti, which included swastikas, matched markings at the school.

Meanwhile, detectives continued to investigate the graffiti and linked another teen, whose name was not released because he's a minor, to the vandalism, Lorenz said.

He was arrested and released to his parents, police said.

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