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Karma not so good for alleged tagger

Graffiti-busters get the call

Posted: September 14, 2009 2:01 p.m.
Updated: September 14, 2009 2:01 p.m.
A driver stopped by a sheriff's deputy for failing to stop at a red light was arrested after a search of her car produced evidence tying her to a recent rash of graffiti in the Santa Clarita Valley. 

On Sept. 9 at 5:20 p.m., Deputy Lambrecht stopped the woman at Newhall Avenue and 16th Street in Newhall. The driver seemed suspiciously nervous enough to the alert deputy.

During a search of the driver's vehicle, the deputy found a paint pen, a Sharpie and some papers with the word "Karma" in what appeared to be a tagging style of writing.

The deputy arrested the woman, Crystal Brockway, 20, of Canyon Country, for possessing vandalism tools. She was taken to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and booked for the misdemeanor charge.

Detective Burrow, the station's graffiti detective, was notified of this arrest. He was already aware of the numerous reports of the word "karma" tagged across Canyon Country.

Burrow accessed the Graffiti Tracking System and found 30 reports of "karma" tagged on walls, signs, and bus benches on Sierra Highway and Golden Valley Road between March 2007 and December 2008. Detective Burrow was able to confirm that Brockway is the suspect in all of the "karma" cases.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in Valencia filed 28 felony counts of vandalism, two counts of misdemeanor vandalism, and one count of misdemeanor possession of vandalism tools.

Brockway was arraigned Friday. She is being held at Century Regional Detention Facility in lieu of $150,000 bail.


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