SPOKANE, Wash. - Authorities believe the group of teens arrested in connection with spray paint damage in the Shadle Park neighborhood are linked to other recent reports of graffitti in the area.
Early Saturday morning, someone reported seeing several teenage girls spray painting the street at the intersection of Columbia and Cochran. Officers said the five girls took off running through Loma Vista Park when they arrived on scene.
According to a media release, officers caught up to four of the teens, who were between the ages of 15 and 16, after a short chase. They were all arrested. One girl got away but was later identified.
Spokane Police said the street had graffiti marks covering half of the intersection, including some obscene pictures. There were paint cans and marijuana left behind, according to SPD.
Investigators matched the graffiti at the intersection to other graffiti that's plagued the neighborhood recently. Authorities said cars were also damaged in recent incidents and believe these teens may have been connected to those other crimes.
The suspects, who are not being named because they are minors, faced charges ranging from malicious mischief, posession of marijuna, and obstruction. More charges are expected if police find evidence the teens were involved in past crimes.
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