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Patch Watch: Graffiti Along Pollard Road in Los Gatos

Westbound Pollard Road from the Rinconada Shopping Center all the way to Quito Road.

Large graffiti tags were spray painted this past weekend on a large gray wooden fence at the intersection of Bearden Drive and Pollard Road.

Also, the Arroyo Rinconada complex's outside concrete wall was targeted with the large markings at the corner of Pollard Road and Casa Grande.

And, as if the vandals have struck again on the east side of the property.

Los Gatos Patch reader Kerry Stivaletti, who lives at Arroyo Rinconada, emailed us to alert us of the vandalism.

"It's the second time in a week. We have already painted over it once," Stivaletti wrote. "Looks like gang symbols. We are dealing with this, but all visibility is a good thing.

"We are taking care of most as part of our town home unit, but they did deface signs as well around the area. We are hoping this is not systematic to a bigger problem."

LOCATION: Pollard Road westbound from Safeway down to More Avenue, all the way to Quito Road.

PROBLEM: Graffiti has been spray-painted on various fences and electrical boxes along Pollard Road.

RESPONSIBLE PARTIES: Arroyo Rinconada complex and Meacham Oppenheimer Inc., 408-378-5900.

DATE REPORTED: June 15

DAYS ON WATCH: 5

LG gal June 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Thank you, Kerry Stivaletti, for reporting this. I live close-by and am alarmed to see the increasing amount graffiti in this area. There is also some graffiti on road signs of Quito near Pollard traffic signals. Hope the criminals are caught soon and the defacing can stop.
Larry Arzie June 19, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Graffiti is like dog poop. You clean one with a shovel, the other with a paint brush.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Reminder from Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police that the misdemeanor vandalism punishment for property damages of less than $400 is up to a year in county jail, a fine of between $1000 and $5,000 and probation. Felony vandalism for property damage more than $400 is also punishable with up to a year in county jail, or 16 months, two or three years in state prison and a fine of between $10,000 and $50,000. Also if the nature of any vandalism qualifies as a hate crime, it automatically becomes a felony. Serial vandals, such as taggers who mark many sites with their tags, the value is based on the cumulative cost to repair the damage, i.e. a tagger who marks 100 bus benches, and it costs $50 each to clean up the tags, the value of the vandalism may be counted as $5,000, and as such, a felony.
Mckenna Smith June 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM
The only way to combat graffito is stepped up enforcement, awareness, working with local law enforcement, LG residents, business, schools, Patch Watch and the Patch & neighborhood watch groups. THANK YOU Mr Stivaletti for reporting this.
Jeanne Rajabzadeh June 20, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Thanks for the update, I hope they are caught soon. Do the police have to catch them in the act of spray painting the graffiti to be charged with vandalism?
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Nope, police need, as with all cases, help from the public in submitting a police report about the crime, which I'm sure Mr. Stivaletti did. They then have to work with law enforcement to gather evidence such as the photos we're publishing and finding out if they have any idea who's committing the vandalism. The police will then decide if they can file a case with the DA. That's how it normally goes, but if I'm leaving any steps out, please add them in the comments. Thanks for the comment and question, Jeanne.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz June 20, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I really don't think this will ever stop. They need to make some kind of fixation to put on the wall so that no one can do that anymore. Don't you think?
Jeanne Rajabzadeh June 22, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Several years ago I heard of an anti graffiti paint used for office buildings. When someone tried to use spray paint on the wall, it would just bead up and run off. I wonder if it is still being manufactured? It would be worth the extra cost. How about motion sensor lights or sprinklers mounted from the top of the building?

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