2008-01-11 / Community

Two Graffiti 'Artists' Busted By 101 Precinct

By Miriam Rosenberg

From a file photo after his arrest in July 2006 by the 100 Precinct, is Eddie Soto's tag "Casper" on the rear of 87-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. From a file photo after his arrest in July 2006 by the 100 Precinct, is Eddie Soto's tag "Casper" on the rear of 87-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Two graffiti artists, including one who is well known to both police precincts on the Rockaway Peninsula, were arrested near the end of last year by police officers from the 101 Precinct and have been charged with various felonies in connection with their crimes.

Officer Gregory Lomangino arrested Eddie Soto, better known by his tag "Casper," on October 1. Soto was picked up after the owner of Purrfect Pet observed him writing his tag in white on the back door of the store located at 19-15 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, according to District Attorney Richard Brown's office.

Court records show that Lomangino said he "observed the same tag 'Casper' marked on several other locations within a few blocks of [the] store."

Soto was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree and making graffiti - both felonies. He has been apprehended several times by officers from the 101 Precinct, the 100 Precinct and by police in Brooklyn on similar charges.

Moshe Kivelevitz was taken into custody on November 10 by Officer John Chavatte and charged with nine felony counts - three counts of making graffiti, three counts of criminal mischief in the third degree and three counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree said the DA's office.

Police sources say Kivelevitz is accused of writing his tag "Fracture" in white ink on a fire pull box and Department of Transportation yellow diamond signs at the corner of Empire Avenue and Reades Lane; a fire pull box at the corner of Central Avenue and Neilson Street; on mailboxes at 13-40 Central Avenue, 18-36 Mott Avenue, 1300 Cornaga Avenue and on the corner of Sage and Empire Avenues. His tag was also found in black ink at 14-14 Brunswick Avenue and twice at 1400 Brunswick Avenue.

Court records show that Steve Khan of 1400 Brunswick Avenue told Chavatte that on November 2 he noticed the word 'Fracture' was tagged twice on his building. Brian Pinnola of 14-14 Brunswick Avenue told Chavatte that on November 1 he saw 'Fracture' was written on his building as well.

Chavatte also stated that on the afternoon of November 2 he noticed the word 'Fracture' on two mail boxes located at 18-36 Mott Avenue.

Court records indicate Kivelevitz "admitted his name was 'Fracture' and that he tagged the buildings."

The NYPD's Vandals Task Force assisted with the arrest of Kivelevitz said an NYPD spokesperson.

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