Officers with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service have arrested 18 year old Kurtis STONE of 1941 Queen Street East for 41 counts of mischief under $5,000 and 2 counts of Break and Enter in relation to an ongoing graffiti investigation.
As a result of an investigation that began August of 2015, officers with the Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of the public, were able to identify 40 locations where the accused is alleged to have spray painted the word “BORED” on a variety of buildings and structures in Sault Ste. Marie.
On the 18th of May 2016 the accused, Kurtis STONE broke into the Sir James Dunn High School building located at 1601 Wellington Street East in Sault Ste. Marie. Further, on the 19th of May 2016 the accused again broke into the Sir James Dunn High School building and spray painted the word “BORED” on one of the walls.
Officers with the Criminal Investigations Division, Crime Suppression Unit and Patrol Services Division were able to quickly respond and contain the property while officers from the K-9 Unit, and Emergency Services Unit searched the building to locate and arrest the accused.
Upon his arrest the accused was found to be in possession of a backpack containing 17 cans of spray paint and other spray paint accessories. The accused was taken into custody and will appear in bail court on Friday May 20th, 2016.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to thank the members of the public that have assisted in identifying and stopping graffiti in our city. We look forward to continuing our efforts with our community partners to ensure the safety of all members of the public and their property.