Douglas teen admits vandalizing neighborhood at least 10 times
A 19-year-old Indian Hills resident admitted Dec. 19 that he sprayed graffiti in several locations in his neighborhood.
Lucasz Sznytzer pleaded guilty to placing graffiti or otherwise defacing property, a misdemeanor.
East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl set sentencing for Jan. 16.
“I really don’t have an explanation,” Sznytzer said.
He released Sznytzer on his own recognizance and told the defendant he faced six months in Douglas County Jail.
“I don’t understand taking a spray can and doing what you do,” EnEarl said. “There isn’t a good reason on God’s green earth for this.
“I understand when people sell dope or rob banks or get drunk and drive. I don’t condone it, but I understand it. You better think long and hard about it before you come back for sentencing,” EnEarl said.
Sznytzer was accused of placing graffiti or otherwise defacing property at the James Lee Park skate park, which caused $1,000 damage, according to reports.
According to investigator’s records, Szyntzer’s younger brother, a juvenile, was accused of defacing a rest room at Chili’s restaurant where he was an employee.
In investigating the allegation, deputies searched the suspects’ residence and discovered 100 markers, a graffiti book, drawings, paper with graffiti-style writing, a graffiti portfolio and other items that tied the restaurant incident to the suspects.
Authorities believe the brothers are suspects in at least 10 incidents.
According to reports, the juvenile admitted the Chili’s vandalism and Sznytzer admitted spray painting James Lee Park and a pathway behind his house.
EnEarl forbid Sznytzer from possessing spray paint or permanent markers and said he was subject to unannounced search and seizure.
“If they (probation officers) come out and find paint at your residence that is yours, you are going back to jail,” EnEarl said.