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Art Sex Crime: Doing Time? Cops Bust Green Line & School Tagging Crew
Authorities from multiple agencies banded together to bust 28 suspects thought to be affiliated with a prolific South Bay Tagging Crew. Those suspects are thought to be involved in ASC, or "Art Sex Crime," a crew tied to about $100,000 in damage to the Metro Green Line and local school property, according to the Daily Breeze. At least nine arrests have been made, and more are expected.Officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District raided homes and served warrants in Inglewood, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Torrance, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy and South Gate.
The vandalism includes "trains, platforms, benches and other property on the Green Line from Redondo Beach to Norwalk," as well as at area schools. Many of those confronted by authorities today said they had given up tagging. Evidence, like Metro tickets, stencils, spray paint cans, marking pens, and other supplies were gathered as evidence.
ASC has been around for nearly a decade, and boasts about 100 members. The LASD call the "a tremendous nuisance."
The colorful displays, along with marking pens, spray paint cans and other materials, were taken for evidence.
The Daily Breeze captured this video of one arrest: