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Graffiti Suspect Arrested
2/19/2020
 
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An arrest has been made in the Altoona vandalism investigation from December, according to a police criminal complaint. Police say that beginning around 4 a.m., on Dec. 29, three individuals spray-painted graffiti on nearly 50 locations throughout the city, resulting in over $12,000 in damage. Police added that dozens of businesses, houses, vehicles, garages and other properties were all damaged by the vandals, who left markings that included the phrases IV or Ugly Kidz. The three individuals were later spotted on surveillance video, at the Chestnut Avenue Sheetz, walking along Lexington Avenue, where some of the markings were left, the complaint states. Surveillance video also shows the individuals vandalizing the UPMC Hospital along Howard Avenue, according to authorities. Upon further investigation, police were able to identify one of the individuals involved as 20-year old Tyler Prosser of Loretto. Police say Prosser was identified on the Sheetz surveillance footage, having previously entered the location, wearing the same clothing, just a few hours before the vandalisms took place. Prosser admitted to police that he was involved in the incident and claimed that he was highly intoxicated when he committed the acts. Police were also told that the IV could possibly be linked to a man who recently died and was an associate of Prosser, the complaint says. Police say they were also informed that Ugly Kidz was Prosser's brand. According to court documents, Prosser faces several charges, including criminal mischief, institutional vandalism and loitering. Prosser was arraigned Wednesday morning and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 11 at 9 a.m.
  
 
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