Vandal suspected in 150 tagging incidents jailed

CAPITOLA – A 19-year-old man suspected of tagging at least 150 locations and etching his moniker onto two ATMs at a Capitola bank was arrested at his home on Rosedale Avenue in Capitola on Friday, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputies and Capitola police officers collaborated on the 10-month investigation that led to the arrest of Christopher Julian Boyd Henry, also known as Julian Boyd, according to Sgt. Robin Mitchell of the Sheriff’s Office.

It’s estimated that Boyd’s graffiti caused about $515,000 in damage, the majority of which happened when he allegedly vandalized the ATMs. The machines had to be replaced, a cost of $500,000, Mitchell said.

Cleaning up the other painted or etched taggings cost about $15,000, according to the Sheriff’s Office. They were found on the front of businesses, fences, on structures visible from the freeways, telephone poles, signs and other property in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos and Live Oak.

Capitola Mall security detained Boyd on April 8 after he allegedly damaged mall property. He was jailed on suspicion of vandalism, but posted the $5,000 bond and was released from County Jail, according to Mitchell. Over the next week, investigators on the countywide Graffiti Task Force identified him as the suspect in the ongoing vandalism incidents across the county, she said.

Boyd was jailed on suspicion of vandalism and held in lieu of $35,000 bail.

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