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Graffiti prevention program nabs alleged 'tagger;' another sought

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

October 18. 2017 9:16PM
KEVIN BURKE 



MANCHESTER — City police say a new anti-graffiti effort launched over the summer has led to the arrest of another “tagger” who officials say is responsible for causing over $5,000 in damages to several properties around Manchester.

Operation GRIT, short for Graffiti Removal Intel Tips, kicked off in August. The idea is relatively simple: to allow anonymous tips with a cash reward, and perhaps even (have) taggers reporting on other taggers.

Manchester Crimeline offers a $500 cash reward to anyone who reports information that leads to a conviction.

Graffiti — commonly referred to as a "tag" — is often unique to a particular individual. Through a partnership with Crimeline, city police developed a method by which a person can make an anonymous tip by logging on to manchestercrimeline.org and clicking on the website. The tipster is then able to download a photo of the graffiti and identify the tagger. The tipster will receive a Crimeline number and will remain anonymous at all times, even if a payout is made.

Police said these are two examples of Kevin Burke's "tags."

According to Manchester police Lt. Brian O’Keefe, around 2 p.m. Monday officer Casey Seigle of the city’s Community Policing Division located and arrested a graffiti artist identified as Kevin Burke, 34, of Nashua, who police say caused more than $5,000 worth of damage to several properties around Manchester. 

According to O’Keefe, officer Seigle completed a warrant for criminal mischief on Sept. 3 and located Burke outside of the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on Monday, as he and officer Ryan Hardy of the Gang Prevention Unit drove past the Amherst Street courthouse. 

Burke was taken into custody without incident, and later released on $1,500 cash/surety bail. He is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on October 31. 

Manchester police ask anyone who spots his tags “Noiz” and/or “Kno” anywhere in the city or beyond to contact officer Seigle at 792-5754.

ROBERT RAMALHO

According to O’Keefe, Manchester police have additional graffiti-related criminal mischief warrants out for Robert Ramalho, 25, of Manchester. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call Manchester police at 668-8711. 

To report graffiti, visit manchestercrimeline.org and click on “submit a web tip.” Choose “graffiti” in the pull-down menu under “crime notes,” and scroll down to upload a photo.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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