2009-07-17 / Top Stories

Graffiti Vandal Sentenced To Six Months

By Nicholas Briano

Danielle Bremner of Woodside was sentenced last week to six months prison for causing nearly $100,000 in graffiti damage city-wide, including an "A" train in Broad Channel. Danielle Bremner of Woodside was sentenced last week to six months prison for causing nearly $100,000 in graffiti damage city-wide, including an "A" train in Broad Channel. A Woodside resident was sentenced to six months in jail after she vandalized an "A" train with graffiti in Broad Channel, among other places throughout the city, causing a total of nearly $100,000 in damages, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Danielle Bremner, 27, of 45-50 48 Street, vandalized the trains with her graffiti tags of "Erin," "Dani" and "Utah" and pled guilty on June 18 to seconddegree criminal mischief. She was sentenced to six months in jail and must pay restitution of $10,000 to the MTA.

The Queens sentence also covers cases that were pending in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan, where she has been spraying her tags since 2005. According to Brown, Bremner spray painted her tags and other markings on six subway cars between September 30, 2005, and April 7, 2008, causing more than $6,000 in damages in Queens. Specifically, she twice tagged a number 7 subway car laid up at 111 Street and Roosevelt Avenue; a "J" line subway car at the 111 Street station; a number 7 subway car laid up at the Main Street station; an "A" line subway car at the Broad Channel station; and an "F" line subway car at the Parsons Boulevard station.

In executing a court-authorized search warrant at the defendant's residence in July 2008, police recovered more than 450 spray cans, 50 latex gloves and 10 permanent markers, as well as bottles of acid etch, grog ink and shoe polish with a dobber dispenser, a bolt cutter, and a pair of pliers. In addition, other property recovered included Polaroid photographs of the tag "Dani," 52 pieces of paper with graffiti drawings, including the tags "Dani" and "Erin," and several digital photographs from her e-mail account depicting her tags on trains and one that shows her spray painting her tag on a non-New York City train.

"For someone who supposedly does graffiti for a living, the defendant could not read the writing on the wall," Brown said. "New Yorkers are sick and tired of socalled graffiti 'artists' and their ego-driven vandalism of public property, which is a blight on the urban landscape and has cost taxpayers thousands of dollars to clean up."

Bremner was arrested in 2008 after a graffiti tour in Europe that saw her deface trains in London, Madrid, Hamburg and Frankfurt.

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