Graffiti vandal smashes UCSD cameras

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
San Diego Crimestoppers released pictures of a man who vandalized property on UC San Diego campus.  (Credit: San Diego Crimestoppers)

San Diego Crimestoppers released pictures of a man who vandalized property on UC San Diego campus. (Credit: San Diego Crimestoppers)

SAN DIEGO — Authorities asked the public Tuesday for help in identifying a defiant vandal who destroyed equipment and spray-painted graffiti last month at UC San Diego’s Mandeville Center, causing an estimated $18,000 worth of damage.

The perpetrator had a black mask covering his face when he went on the destructive spree at the La Jolla campus in the predawn hours of Jan. 5, according to police.

The man smashed a rooftop junction box, used a sledgehammer to break eight video surveillance cameras attached to walls and stairwells, and tore down plastic”men” and “women” signs from bathroom doors.

He also used gold paint to tag a wall, writing, “YOU CAN PAINT OVER ME YOU CAN CATCH ME YOU CAN EXPELL ME I WILL STILL BE HERE.”

The vandal, a thin man who may have a small mole near the inside corner of his right eye, was wearing dark-colored pants, a gray long-sleeve hooded sweat shirt, a baseball-style cap and black shoes.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Download Fox 5 iPhone app  |  Download Fox 5 Android app

OTHER STORIES: