2006-07-28 / Community

Graffiti 'Artists' Taken Down By 100 Precinct Housing Cops

By Howard Schwach

The tag used by Eddie Soto, "Casper," at the rear of 87-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The tag used by Eddie Soto, "Casper," at the rear of 87-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Two teenage graffiti artists were arrested last Saturday morning when police officers spotted them spray painting a wall behind a store in the Dayton Plaza Shopping Center.

Police say that a lieutenant and three police officers from the 100 Precinct Housing Unit spotted Eddie Soto, 18, and Liam Bolger, 16, spray painting their tags at about 1 a.m. on the rear wall of Job Lot, a variety store in the shopping center on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 90 and Beach 84 Streets.

Both teens had spray cans in their hands when the NYPD Housing Unit rolled up to make the arrest, police said. A police source told The Wave that both have previous arrests for graffiti activity and that their tags, "Liam" or "Leeam" and "Casper" are well known to local police.

The two were charged with criminal mischief, making graffiti and possession of graffiti instruments.

They were released on the own recognizance until their next appearance in Queens Criminal Court on September 21, according to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Liam Bolger allegedly uses this tag.Liam Bolger allegedly uses this tag.

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