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Resident Captures Photo of Apparent Graffiti Vandal

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April 20, 2015 By Christian Murray

A photo was shot of a man spray-painting the exterior wall of a Sunnyside grocery store earlier this month.

The alleged vandal, who was with his girlfriend, was tagging the wall outside Sunnyside Market at 42-08 43rd Avenue at about 8:00 am on April 8, according to a resident who snapped the picture, who wants to remain anonymous.

The witness described the alleged perpetrator as a white male between 18 -25 years of age.

The incident comes at a time when the police are stepping up their efforts to combat graffiti in Sunnyside.

The police are about to start putting up posters inside the windows of local businesses this week to remind residents about New York City’s graffiti reward program. The program provides a $500 reward for those who report information leading to the arrest and conviction of a perpetrator.

“We’re very supportive of the NYPD 108th Precinct’s programs to deter graffiti,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director with Sunnyside Shines. “The precinct takes all reports of graffiti seriously and works closely with community partners like Sunnyside Shines to beautify the neighborhood.”

Sonny Patel, the owner of Sunnyside Market, said he will be putting up the poster.  “It’s crazy how much I have to clean,” Patel said. He said he also plans on upgrading his cameras in an effort to stop it.

The gates, windows and exterior walls at Sunnyside Market are constantly being sprayed, he said.

There have been many instances of graffiti in the neighborhood in recent times, with the tag SBR being the most prominent. Two Facebook pages have been set up by supporters of the tag, which used to showcase their work.

The following Facebook page appears dedicated to the tag.

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For previous coverage:

Sunnyside graffiti vandal blankets neighborhood with tag

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donebeingnice

He better hope the police get him before I do. The f#%ker tagged my car.

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Jose espagna

Hope he’s not in it for the art because he got no talent. he just repeatin others originality

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leon

If the city council gets their way this would probably not even be considered a crime..i guess JVB will take no offense to people pissing on the sidewalk while he goes for his Sunday morning stroll. .I also suppose he doesn’t mind dodging e bikes riding on the sidewalks. .I have an idea for that million dollars. .give it to Melissa Marks Vivertos and ask her to leave town and never come back

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Mac

@Leon NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Council is considering a pair of measures that would decriminalize some minor offenses.
Under the proposals, police could no longer arrest people for urinating in public, consuming alcohol in public, bicycling on a sidewalk, being in a park after dark, littering, failing to obey a sign and making excessive noise, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported “People could be impacted in terms of their ability to get a job, in terms of even maintaining their housing if they’re in jail for seven to 10 days,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said. “The impact it has in the larger scope are things that have to be taken into account. So we want to minimize that level of interaction in a negative way with the criminal justice system for these nonviolent, minor offenses.”
Mark-Viverito conceded that NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton does not support the legislation, but said they are continuing to talk.
It will still be punishable offense. There is actually a good point about minor infractions coming back to haunt people down the road. I ran a summer intern program for Prudential and Wachovia bank at 3 locations. I had to turn down multiple applicants after their background checks revealed underage drinking citations at college. The woman who was in charge was a self righteous tyrant looking to hire a Pope. Criminalizing everything especially very minor offenses actually makes things worse. Especially if you don’t have a couple of thousand dollars laying around to have a record expunged.

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FEDUP

as quickly as they clean up the mess he leaves behind , this asshole is back at it, come on people, if you see him click a pic on you cell phone and send to the 108 precinct.

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FEDUP

He needs to be arrested and made to pay back ever store and property owner for every drop of paint they need to clean up the mess he leaves behind that is not art it is shit . That asshole has graffettied a wall on my block on 39th. place time and time again. it makes the neighbor look cheap and run down. we pay too much rent to look like a getto. lf anyone know him personally, tell him to stay away from 39th. place he is being video tapped and will be arrested soon enough,.

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Art

This guys is an idiot, but even more threatening to the area is the nightclub at the corner of Barnett and 48th St, now called Kiro’s Lounge, which is operating after hours and attracting a criminal element.

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open your eyes bot

i didnt even know there was a nightclub there. is it where paradise used to be or across the street?

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open your eyes bot

The only reason they have not gotten shot yet is because they are a bunch of white boys. What a rookie mistake SBR, showing his face in his pictures. Sunnyside should put him in a book called How Sunnyside dummies get caught. Pathetic but i cant help but laugh at his picture with a beer in his hand. he looks underage so who ever gave him that beer should get arrested. Im a 90s baby and Sunnyside has raised alot of skilled Graf Artist but this toy should be stoned infront of the his ugly tag.

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David

No, snitches get a thank you from a community that is sick of little thugglings like these guys prancing around, pretending to be badasses, and trashing the neighborhood. Too bad more people don’t snitch on little POSs like these guys.

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Sunnysider

I know what u mean, but this is not art. What is SBR? or is that 5br? As in after 5 beers I’m an idiot that will graffitti nonsense on a wall cuz UI’ve not nothing better to do with my time. Should’ve kept the Graffiti Museum open so at least there’d be some “appreciation”

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Anonymous visitor

FYI he did do art at the 5 points if there was another place like that it would give people like him an outlet. I take it u r mostly young kids who didn’t see all the grafetti all over buildings trains etc

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Sunnysider

Catch and tatoo his tag across his forehead so he can live with his lame ass tag rest of his life.

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Mac

Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s there were a couple of high profile cases involving graffiti vandals one involved the murder of a vandal up in Spagetti park Corona, one from Ridgewood named Moresy if my memory serves me correctly, cost and skel. All were ultimately caught and made to pay tens of thousands of dollars in restitution. All cried like babies. I can’t wait to this see this low IQ idiot on the news for his moment of fame.

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Last Supper

The one in the picture spraying and the fb picture kid, I always see them smoking together on 42nd street

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JOReilly

Some years ago, Councilmember Van Bramer announced he had secured funds for placement of cameras on Sunnyside streets. If any funds are left, perhaps they can be used for cameras at known graffiti locations.

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Sunnysider

What difference will cameras do if nobody actively tries to catch these idiots? You can put million cameras and it won’t matter. Here we have a picture, if you called 911 you think they would show up to catch him? Nope. Although I wonder why the resident who took this pic did not call 911.

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DAVID

I’M NOT SURE IF HIM OR THE GIRL HE WAS WITH RESIDE IN THE BUILDING ACROSS THE STREET FROM GRACE NAILS ON 42ND ST., BUT THATS WHERE THEY WENT RIGHT AFTER THAT GRAFFITI WENT UP.

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Anonymous Visitor

I hope you reported the address they entered to the police. Chances are if they went in once they will go in again, even if they don’t live there

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NO PAY FOR THE MTA

That’s hilarious he has a FB page dedicated to his tags. Can’t resist himself I guess.

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Craic Dealer

“The gates, windows and exterior walls at Sunnyside Market are constantly being sprayed, he said.”

Kind of like a cat; icky.

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David

How so? I understood the original poster as noting that graffiti tagging as a means of marking territory and is not unlike a cat marking its territory. Come to think of it, maybe you are right; comparing a urinating cat to a graffiti vandal is indeed being an a-hole…to the cat.

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Craic Dealer

Jeeeze I didn’t think people were stupid enough to need an explination but David has won The Internet for helpful explinations.

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Anonymous visitor

I pick a name that says ur Altaic dealer I mean really good choice a dealer who ruins lives Or do u sell a piece of ur body maybe u would enjoy tiker

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Anonymous visitor

Excuse my earlier post I tried using the speaker hut a Craig dealer ruins lives and its crack maybe u need to go back to school…unless like I said u r talking about a piece of ur body and its still spelt wrong

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