Suspected San Diego tagger held for court graffiti

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Updated: 6/19/2014 11:38 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County authorities have arrested a suspected graffiti vandal they believe tagged the courtroom where he was being prosecuted.

U-T San Diego says 18-year-old Francisco Canseco was arrested on June 12 after sheriff's deputies searched his San Diego home and allegedly found evidence linking him to the tagging.

He pleaded not guilty Monday to five new felony counts of vandalism and remained jailed Thursday.

The city attorney's office says Canseco was in court in late April on 31 misdemeanor counts of graffiti vandalism and one of possessing tagging tools.

Authorities say a day after he appeared, graffiti was found on courtroom chairs and hallway benches. Sheriff's Detective Mark Milton says the Graffiti Tracker database was used to match the tags with Canseco's graffiti moniker.

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