One of two men arrested earlier this year for tagging 14 businesses during a weekend graffiti spree will spend three months in jail.
Francisco Luis Manquero, 20, of the Valley, will serve 90 days in the Gila County Jail and three years supervised probation for felony criminal damage.
Between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, Payson police received repeated calls about graffiti damage along the Beeline Highway.
Vandals hit some 14 locations including the Motel 6, Circle K south, One-Stop
Gas Station, Center Ridge Apartments, Payson Galleria, Neumann Paint Supply and Bealls Outlet store. Officers also discovered several trash bins, mailboxes, and a semi-truck owned by USA Trucking covered in crude taggings typically associated with gangs.
Officer Lorenzo Ortiz realized that the markings matched that of a Phoenix-based graffiti gang. He had previously confronted one of the graffiti gang members.
“Officers recovered a black spray paint can at one of the graffiti locations and discovered that the paint had been purchased from Walmart on the day the graffiti was first spotted,” according to deputy county attorney Marc Stanley, who prosecuted the case. “Video surveillance was obtained from Walmart and further investigation led to Manquero and an accomplice.”
On Feb. 4, officers found Manquero and another man walking down the Beeline Highway, their hands paint stained.
Manquero later confessed to the tagging.
On July 8, Manquero pleaded guilty. At sentencing Monday, a judge ordered Manquero to pay between $18,000 and $24,000 in damages.