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Los Alamos Police Arrest Graffiti Vandal

on March 12, 2019 - 3:29pm

Trenton David Francis Devore

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police have arrested Trenton David Francis Devore of Jemez Pueblo and charged him in the recent rash of graffiti found in various locations around the community.

Devore is being charged at this time with two felony counts of graffiti and three petty misdemeanor counts of graffiti. The total cost of repairs at each location is around $7,500. However, after more case investigation follow-up occurs and the repairs are actually completed, these numbers and criminal counts may need to be adjusted.

In his statement of probable cause Det. Ryan Wolking said that he was called out by dispatch Monday to respond to Smith’s Marketplace, where patrol officers had located a suspect involved in several graffiti complaints, which had occurred in Los Alamos County in recent days.

“Sgt. Lonz advised me Trenton David Francis Devore was a Smith’s employee and he was currently working a shift at Smith’s,” Det. Wolking said in this statement.

Wolking said officers were waiting for him before making contact with Devore. As he was about a minute away from arriving at Smith’s Devore exited Smith’s and patrol officers detained him, Wolking said.

Devore initially denied involvement in creating any of the graffiti and Wolking described him as generally not cooperative, adding that he threatened to sue the Police Department.

Officers photographed and seized Devore’s truck and Devore was initially told he was free to go. He re-entered Smith’s and attempted to mislead officers by calling police dispatch and claiming that graffiti was in progress by someone fitting his own description in another location.

Police questioned Devore and he admitted to making the call. He was arrested and charged with the criminal act of making a false police report. Devore further admitted committing each graffiti incident. He spoke about the Act of 1871 (referenced in multiple graffiti locations) and spoke a great deal about “all of us being slaves,” etc., which is also referenced in the graffiti, Wolking said.

Devore stated he was trying to get his message out and he thought doing the graffiti would be the best way to draw attention to the issues about which he cared. Devore specifically acknowledged creating the graffiti found at a LANL building, the Canyon Rim Trail, on a wall near the police dept., the Los Alamos Skate Park and Masonic Lodge, due to his belief of their “illicit activity”.

CRIMES:

Count 1: Unauthorized Graffiti on Personal or Real Property (PM): Graffiti consists of intentionally and maliciously defacing any real or personal property of another, to wit: Smith’s Canyon Rim Trail, with graffiti or other inscribed material inscribed with ink, paint, spray paint, crayon, charcoal or the use of any object without the consent or reasonable ground to believe there is consent of the owner of the property. Whoever commits graffiti to real or personal property when the damage to the property is less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) is guilty of a petty misdemeanor. This count occurred on or about March 6th, 2019.This is estimated to cost $600.00 to repair.

Count 2: Unauthorized Graffiti on Personal or Real Property (F4): Graffiti consists of intentionally and maliciously defacing any real or personal property of another, to wit: TA16 Building 1451, a historic building, with graffiti or other inscribed material inscribed with ink, paint, spray paint, crayon, charcoal or the use of any object without the consent or reasonable ground to believe there is consent of the owner of the property. Whoever commits graffiti to real or personal property when the damage to the property is greater than one thousand dollars ($1,000) is guilty of a fourth degree felony. This count occurred on or about March 6th, 2019. This is estimated to cost LANL $5,000.00 to repair.

Count 3: Unauthorized Graffiti on Personal or Real Property (PM): Graffiti consists of intentionally and maliciously defacing any real or personal property of another, to wit: the Masonic Lodge at 1400 N Sage Loop, Los Alamos, NM 87544, with graffiti or other inscribed material inscribed with ink, paint, spray paint, crayon, charcoal or the use of any object without the consent or reasonable ground to believe there is consent of the owner of the property. Whoever commits graffiti to real or personal property when the damage to the property is less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) is guilty of a petty misdemeanor. This count occurred on or about March 10th, 2019. It is unknown what this is going to cost to repair because the Masonic Lodge has not advised me and so this count may be adjusted in the near future.

Count 4: Unauthorized Graffiti on Personal or Real Property (F4): Graffiti consists of intentionally and maliciously defacing any real or personal property of another, to wit: the Los Alamos County owned security wall parallel to Oppenheimer Drive which borders the Police Department , Los Alamos, NM 87544, with graffiti or other inscribed material inscribed with ink, paint, spray paint, crayon, charcoal or the use of any object without the consent or reasonable ground to believe there is consent of the owner of the property. Whoever commits graffiti to real or personal property when the damage to the property is greater than one thousand dollars ($1,000) is guilty of a fourth degree felony. This count occurred on or about March 10thth, 2019 and is estimated to cost $1250.00 to repair.

Count 5: Unauthorized Graffiti on Personal or Real Property (PM): Graffiti consists of intentionally and maliciously defacing any real or personal property of another, to wit: the Los Alamos County owned dumpsters and lamp post at the Los Alamos Skate Park/Fuller Lodge, with graffiti or other inscribed material inscribed with ink, paint, spray paint, crayon, charcoal or the use of any object without the consent or reasonable ground to believe there is consent of the owner of the property. Whoever commits graffiti to real or personal property when the damage to the property is less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) is guilty of a petty misdemeanor. This count occurred on or about March 10thth, 2019 and is estimated to cost $650.00 to repair.


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