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Continued: Columbia Heights police tag suspect in galling graffiti case

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 30, 2014 - 6:16 AM

The suspect denied being the graffiti artist, telling investigators he was just someone with an interest who documented other people’s work, according to police. .

Jack could not be reached for comment Tuesday. He will make a court appearance later this spring.

Authorities said the teenager who pleaded guilty admitted to police that he knew he’d crossed a line tagging the pedestrian bridge.

“He felt bad about doing the walking bridge. He said he watched it being built and it was so beautiful,” Nadeau said.

Columbia Heights police put out a crime alert to other agencies. So far, only Metro Police has contacted them.

All the graffiti in Columbia Heights has now been covered up. In many places, though, one can still see traces.

“It’s never really fixed,” Sinn said.

For his efforts, Sinn was named the city’s 2013 employee of the year. He says he easily put in more than 100 hours of investigation into the case.

“Absolutely, it was worth it,” Nadeau said.


Shannon Prather • 612-673-4804


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