Two arrested for possession of graffiti paraphernalia

Palo Alto police find materials in SUV, arrest men with histories of vandalism

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.

Sue Dremann


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Posted by Old Palo Alto
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

Instead of wasting out tax dollars putting them in jail give them a bucket and let them go clean al the graffiti around Palo Alto.

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Posted by James
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Hooray for the Palo Alto police! I am so sick of having our community made ugly by stupid vandals. Keep them in jail for a long time -- maybe they and their friends and parents might understand that it is a crime, and not just naughty children getting a slap on the hand, or less. Make their parents pay for the damage and cleanup, and maybe parents might take some responsibility for future prevention of this type of crime.

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Posted by gotcha!
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Sentence: full time on weekends for the next 2 years cleaning up graffiti in Palo Alto.

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Posted by Cock Roach Repellant
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

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Posted by picasso
a resident of Southgate
on Aug 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm

who knows, maybe they could be paid to do socially conscious graffiti. it will give them something to do. save tax dollars by not arresting them.

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