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Friday, December 03, 2021
METRO  |  CRIME

Graffiti group arrested, charged with burglary, criminal mischief

Gainesville Police arrested members of the group Sons of Graffiti on Tuesday and charged them with two counts of criminal mischief and one count of burglary.

Charles Allen Delong, 24, and Michael Terrance Steele, 20, admitted to tagging numerous businesses, signs and utility boxes around Gainesville, according to a police report.

Delong said he tagged as "SO" and "SIN ONE." Other tags the group used are "S.O.G.," "TWIG" and "BUD76."

Delong admitted to tagging three tour buses belonging to American Education Tours parked in the Americas Best Value Inn lot at 1900 SW 13th St. on Jan. 17. The cost to repaint the buses was estimated at $15,000, according to the report.

On the morning of Jan. 12, the group broke into Continuum Apartments, a UF graduate community. Police have video surveillance showing one of the members of the group letting the rest in. It is unknown how they gained access to the building, the report said. The group caused an estimated $500 in damage to the property.

The report says additional charges against Steele, Delong and other members of Sons of Graffiti are forthcoming.

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