911 call helps City earn conviction in graffiti case

The City of Minneapolis Thursday earned a guilty verdict in a graffiti case when Allan Michael Thomson was convicted of a gross misdemeanor for aiding and abetting in graffiti.

Graffiti cases are difficult to prosecute because the offender is rarely identified or caught. In this case, the City Attorney was able to prosecute because an alert neighbor called 911 while witnessing graffiti activity and the police later caught the defendant with paint on his jacket that matched the graffiti colors. 

The City wants to use this conviction as a reminder of the importance of calling 911 when folks see graffiti activity or any other suspicious activity.

Learn more about reporting and preventing graffiti in Minneapolis.

Published Jul. 19, 2013