According to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, "graffiti is not a harmless form of creative expression. It's a destructive crime that victimizes entire communities by creating blight and encouraging additional criminal activity."
One of the more prolific Valley vandals contributing to the "blight" is "Shaggy," a Phoenix "tagger" who currently faces felony charges for defacing property throughout Phoenix over the past three years.
Montgomery's office announced today that "Shaggy," a.k.a. Daneil Alexander Lopez, has been charged with one count of aggravated criminal damage, a class-six felony, and one count of criminal damage, a class-five felony, for damaging buildings all over Phoenix.
If you ask "Shaggy," who told cops he never planned to quit tagging until he got caught, though, he's a bit of a folk hero.