Busted With Spray Paint Cache In Ridgewood
Carrying with them more than five dozen cans of spray paint combined, two would-be graffiti vandals were reportedly busted by police last Wednesday night, Jan. 16, for allegedly trespassing onto train tracks in Ridgewood.
The pair was identified by law enforcement sources as 26-year-old William Still of 75th Avenue in Ridgewood and Mitchell Dehart, 22, of Standish Drive in Indianapolis, In.
According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the incident took place at around 11:50 p.m. last Wednesday on the Long Island Rail Road’s Bay Ridge branch located in the vicinity of Decatur Street and Seneca Avenue.
P.O. Derek Keane of the 104th Precinct was patrolling the area when he reportedly observed Dehart and Still inside the right-of-way of the railroad tracks.
Upon approaching and stopping the duo, the criminal complaint noted, the officers observed both suspects had paint on their hands and clothing, as well as backpacks which they were toting.
During a search, it was reported, police recovered 11 spray paint cans, 12 paint can nozzles, a mask and a pair of gloves inside Still’s backpack. Dehart’s back was reportedly found to contain 21 spray paint cans, 62 paint can nozzles and a pair of gloves.
Both Still and Dehart were taken into custody by Keane and charged with multiple counts of possession of graffiti instruments and criminal trespassing.
According to court records, both were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last Thursday, Jan. 17, before Judge Mary O’Donoghue, who released them on their own recognizance. They are scheduled to return to court on Mar. 4.