ROSEVILLE, CA - Roseville police arrested four young men and a 13-year-old on suspicion of 318 acts of graffiti vandalism in Roseville, on Union Pacific railroad property and in Sacramento County.
Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said investigators believe the "tagging team" is responsible for $36,840 in property damage in Roseville alone.
Taken into custody Friday following a five-month investigation were Corey Simpson-Upmeyer, 19, of Citrus Heights; Mikhail Russu, 20, of Roseville; Andrey Petkov, 18, of North Highlands; Frederick Rivera-Valdivia, 19, of North Highlands and a 13-year-old from Rocklin. The five are accused of felony vandalism, conspiracy and participation in a criminal street gang, said Gunther.
Placer County requires those convicted of felony vandalism to pay full restitution for damages.
Russu, Petkov and Rivera-Valdavia posted $25,000 bail each and have been released from Placer County Jail. Simpson-Upmeyer remains in custody. The 13-year-old was taken to Placer County Juvenile Hall.