Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, November 20, 2008

11-20-08 Arrest in Multiple Graffiti Cases

11-20-08 Arrest in Multiple Graffiti Cases

    Boise, Nov. 20, 2008 - Boise Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with several graffiti cases that total approx. $16,000 in damage throughout Boise City.

    Arrested: Kristofer Kayd Tolman, 20, Boise

    Charges: Malicious Injury to Property by Graffiti (F), Illegal Possession of Prescription Narcotics (F), Possession of Marijuana (m), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m), Minor in Possession of Alcohol (m)

    What happened: Boise Police have been investigating more than a dozen graffiti and vandalism crimes since last year believed to be connected to the same person, someone using the tags "KAOS" and "TNM".The damage included graffiti and other vandalism, like broken windows done to a motel under construction, Boise City Parks and Ada County Highway District property, as well as a church and several local business buildings, totally more than $16,000 in property damage.

    Today Property Crimes Detectives and Neighborhood Contact Officers served a search warrant at the suspect's home near Northview and Curtis. officer say they found evidence they feel links Tolman to the graffiti vandalism. 

    Related Graffiti Information:

  • Boise Police urge citizens to report graffiti to non-emergency police dispatch, 377-6790.
  • Removing graffiti quickly is proven to reduce incidence of graffiti.  
  • Citizens should report graffiti during daylight hours, since the goal is for police to respond quickly and gather photographic evidence, which is generally only visible during the day.
  • Boise has seen a 300% increase in reported graffiti in the past five years.
  • Graffiti is one of the most commonly complained about crimes in Boise City. Citizens concerned graffiti is evidence of neighborhood deterioration.
  • The vast majority of the graffiti in Boise is called "Tagging". Tagging is a signature or symbol used by a tagger or a group of taggers. Tagging is not gang graffiti. Taggers motivation is public exposure, on signs, billboards, buildings, or through the media.