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Nelson police arrest tagger

The graffiti has been washed off the side of the Nelson Library, but remains on other buildings nearby.  - Sam Van Schie photos
The graffiti has been washed off the side of the Nelson Library, but remains on other buildings nearby.
— image credit: Sam Van Schie photos

Nelson police arrested a man they believe is responsible for tagging the walls of the Nelson Library, the Telus building and BC Assessment building last weekend.

Officers noticed fresh graffiti on the buildings along Victoria Street just before 3 a.m. Saturday morning. The words "ozone" and "Katie" were written in black spray paint. They recognized the tags as belonging to someone they arrested for a similar incident in September.

Officers searched the area and eventually found the man sleeping in his vehicle. Lucas Wells, 31, was arrested for seven counts of mischief to property.

He'll appear in Nelson court December 4 and was released on bail, with numerous conditions, until then.

Police are encouraging business owners to contact the department if they have experienced any similar vandalism recently.

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