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Police: Two caught spray painting the Medford Police Department

The two claimed that they were randomly tagging buildings and didn't know that it was the Police Department, Medford Police said.

Posted: Oct 15, 2019 4:14 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2019 4:19 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two suspects may be regretting the decision to spray paint the side of the Medford Police Department (MPD) building, the agency related in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

A little after 2:15 a.m. that morning, MPD employees saw two people spray painting the side of the building. Security cameras also recorded the act, MPD said.

"The suspects took off before we could catch them in the act, but were apprehended about 20 minutes later, walking on Jackson Street," the agency said.

Police identified the two suspects as 24-year-old Auston Lindsey and 26-year-old John Allen Riley. Lindsey reportedly had five warrants out for his arrest and was found in possession of methamphetamine. Riley was arrested for a probation violation from a Burglary charge, and was reportedly found in possession of heroin.

Both men were charged with criminal mischief for the spray painting, which MPD estimated at $500 in damages.

"The pair claim they were tagging random buildings and didn't realize it was the police department," the agency said. "They now know that."

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