Teen arrested for vandalism spree in Del.

March 30, 2009 11:09:20 AM PDT
A teen has been arrested and linked to dozens of cases of graffiti and slashed tires in Delaware.

New Castle County Police arrested Christopher Lewis, 18, of Newark, Delaware. Police think he is linked to at least 8 incidents of spray painted graffiti and slashed the tires of several cars in the greater Newark and Bear areas.

All of the victims said they knew Lewis as a former classmate at Glasgow High School.

Lewis was arrested early Monday morning after police linked him to at least eight of the crimes. The investigation has revealed Lewis targeted the homes of previous and current high school students who were former classmates of his at the Glasgow High School.

Lewis has been charged with graffiti crimes that have occurred in the following addresses:

  • The unit block of Elk Lane in Newark -- two cars painted, tires slashed and home defaced with graffiti, $1,300 in damage
  • The 1000 block of Firethorn Lane in Newark -- car painted with graffiti, tires slashed, and $900 in stolen property from car and $800 in damage
  • The 100 block of Boyer Drive in Newark -- home was damaged by graffiti, $1,000 in damage
  • The 500 block of E. Hanna Drive in Newark -- two cars damaged by graffiti and tires slashed on one, home damaged by graffiti, $1,500 in damage
  • The 200 block of Palermo Drive in Newark (targeted twice) - the first crime occurred on March 25. In this case, a car and the front door of the home were spray painted with graffiti, $1000, in damage. On March 28, a different car was painted with graffiti and all four tires were slashed, total damage $1,500.

    The 100 block of Country Side Lane in Bear - a car was damaged by "keying" or scratching the paint, an unknown black liquid was poured on the car and all four tires were slashed, $1,000 in damage.

    On March 25, police investigated a theft from a car that occurred in the unit block of the Four Seasons Parkway. In this case, Lewis is accused of breaking out a window and stealing a car stereo and CDs. The damage was $200 and the amount of property stolen was valued at $425. The victim's stereo in this case was recovered during the search warrant of Lewis' home.

  • Lewis was arrested and released on bail. Police say they expect to make more arrests.

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