Hermiston — Hermiston police arrested two teens for graffitit-related crimes after a rash of weekend vandalism.
Jose M. Garcia, 18, of Stanfield, was arrested about 9 p.m. Sunday in the area of East Gladys Avenue and NE Second Street.
He was in possession of a stolen bicycle from Scotts Cycle in Hermiston, according to Hermiston police. He also was arrested on suspicion of five counts of third-degree criminal mischief, five counts of unlawfully applying graffiti, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Umatilla County jail in Pendleton.
A 15-year-old Hermiston girl was arrested today on suspicion of unlawful possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, unlawful possession of less than 1 ounce of Marijuana, third-degree criminal mischief and unlawful application of graffiti.
Several locations in Hermiston were impacted by graffiti this weekend and that is incredibly frustrating not only for the citizens we serve, but our officers as well, who have been working so hard to curb criminal activity associated with gang behavior. Both these arrests come down to diligent police work utilizing the available resources at our disposal, said Hermiston police Chief Jason Edmiston in a press release.