A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of an alleged serial graffiti artist in Lake Havasu City. Sergeant Kirk Cesena said the vehicle stopped on December 19 was canvassed after the driver was placed in custody for a misdemeanor arrest warrant.
“Officers located 11 cans of spray paint, numerous paint tips, cloth gloves, and an envelope containing several graffiti drawings and letter configurations,” Cesena said. “The vehicle was also a match to a vehicle observed on surveillance cameras during a graffiti case in early December, 2015.”
Cesena said officers from the Street Crimes Unit examined the drawings seized from the vehicle and were able to link the driver to 15 recent graffiti cases.
“The graffiti cases include spray painted graffiti such as “NHD,” “two timz,” “2tmz,” “streets r mine,” and “fu@# the police,” Cesena said. He said the vehicle search also netted the seizure of a duffle bag containing 70 grams of methamphetamine, drug ledgers, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and one firearm.
35-year-old Timothy Springfield was charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of marijuana, possession of a weapon during a drug offense, failure to disclose a firearm to law enforcement when asked, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, fifteen counts of making graffiti, and possession of graffiti implements.