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One graffiti vandal sentenced; more sought

Portland's Graffiti Abatement Coordinator, Marcia Dennis, advises that on Tuesday, July 25th, 27 year-old Jason Ehlers was sentenced to 26 months in prison, and ordered to pay $3452.90 in restitution, after pleading guilty in connection with a 2005 arrest for graffiti vandalism. The restitution covers only a small part of the cost to businesses and residents of repairing the surfaces he vandalized.

The sentence was imposed by Judge Jean K. Maurer, who presided over Ehlers' 2002 conviction for spray painting the word 'CAVEMAN' on sites around Inner Southeast Portland, and other places in the city.

Portland Police officers arrest an average of 10 graffiti vandals ('taggers') monthly. Graffiti vandalism costs property owners and the City more than $1 million annually to repair. All graffiti should be reported to the Graffiti Hotline at 503/823-4824, photographed for police, and then promptly eradicated, as the city code requires.

The photographs are important, since they not only constitute evidence against vandals when they are arrested and face the court, but they provide a means of identifying the vandal who made them, since these people commonly paint the same words or phrases in each incident.