Two men with vandalism histories were arrested Thursday morning (Aug. 11) in Palo Alto in connection with graffiti tagging.
Richard Holmes, 21, of Palo Alto, and Viliami Taipaletti, 20, of East Palo Alto, were arrested in the 200 block of Sheridan Avenue near Park Boulevard after police stopped their SUV for a vehicle violation at 12:30 a.m., police stated in a press release.
The officer discovered their SUV was filled with graffiti-related paraphernalia, including boxes of "slap tags" (labels that are slapped on surfaces), numerous spray-paint cans, felt-tip markers and several one-gallon paint cans.
Holmes was already on probation for vandalism and Taipaletti had a no-bail vandalism warrant at the time of their arrest, according to police. Both were booked into Santa Clara County Jail on possession of vandalism tools. Police are continuing to investigate Holmes and Taipaletti for links to recent graffiti in the city.