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Graffiti Suspect Busted in Milford

Warrant arrest came just hours after Milford Patch opined about the new multi-million-dollar boardwalk being marred by markings.

Investigators have picked up a 26-year-old city man for allegedly causing more than $14,000 in damage in 13 acts of graffiti vandalism -- including at the new Silver Sands-Walnut Beach boardwalk, according to police.

The suspect, identified as Peter O'Rourke of 99 Avon St., Milford, was arrested on a warrant 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, just hours after

Milford Patch complained about graffiti such as "P-City," an apparent drug reference, that had not only appeared on the boardwalk recently, but had been plastered on property at and around Silver Sands State Park in December.

Police have accused O'Rourke of sprawling that tag and others on the Silver Sands-Walnut Beach boardwalk and on city and commercial buildings.

"The Milford Police Department received several complaints of graffiti that occurred in Milford from December 2010 - March 2011," police said in a press release.

"Investigation revealed that graffiti tags had been spray-painted on several commercial buildings, city buildings and the Silver Sands-Walnut Beach boardwalk. The graffiti included sayings such as 'P-City' and 'Devon Tagging Crew.'

"During the investigation, O'Rourke was identified as a suspect which led to a warrant being issued for his arrest. The damage values from the 13 acts of vandalism was in excess of $14,000."

O'Rourke was charged with five counts of first-degree criminal mischief and eight counts of second-degree criminal mischief, according to police. He was being held in lieu of $1,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Nov. 15. As with all suspects, he is considered innocent until proven guilty.

WJB October 27, 2011 at 10:57 AM
If he is found guilty, he should not only have to pay the restitution for his recklessness and disgusting behavior, but he should have to clean up his mess with a sign on his back telling everyone what he is doing and why. Freaking idiot!!!
Kathy Kobishyn October 27, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Great police work. Thank you Denise Buffa for bringing attention to these acts of vandalism. If the 26 year old O'Rourke is found guilty perhaps part of his community service could be public speaking at the local high schools about how wrong it is to destroy public property. Again thank you to the police for nabbing this suspect so quickly!!!
RONALD M GOLDWYN October 27, 2011 at 01:38 PM
As I previously said prior to the arrest, this criminal has a right to a fair trail and if found guilty the judge should also impose community service as WJB says The punishment must fit the crime Thank-you for the fine reporting and police work. RON GOLDWYN the most experienced candidate for PZB. Even Ben Blake has adopted my slogan in saying, "Because experience DOES matter" I’d love your vote as a 74th birthday present on Nov. 8
CT. PROPERTY APPRAISERS October 27, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I agree with WJB, it's bad enough kids are destroying property with graffitti but a 26 year old. GROW UP, GET A LIFE if you have nothing better to keep you busy do volunteer work. There are lots of worthwile organizations looking for help.
Stephen Bennett October 27, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Bravo for the reporting and the quick police work! I would really love to see this sort of result for the individuals who are responsible for defacing the benches and the platform overlooking the harbor at Dyer Park. I routinely pick up trash at that park and have thought about painting over the graffitti myself, but am not even sure if that's legal for me to do. At any rate, it's gotten pretty nasty there lately.
CuriousOrange October 27, 2011 at 06:04 PM
By the age of 21, one's brain should be fully formed. This miscreant needs to be tested for mental defects before he is released as an adult.
Joe Della Monica October 27, 2011 at 06:33 PM
26 and spray painting? Great job by Milford's finest.
RONALD M GOLDWYN October 27, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Joe Jr. Welcome to Patch, As you are a retired member of the Mfd PD I understand your feelings. I wish you much success in your election to the BOA. RON GOLDWYN the most experienced candidate for PZB. Even Ben Blake has adopted my slogan in saying, "Because experience DOES matter" I’d love your vote as a 74th birthday present on Nov. 8
CT. PROPERTY APPRAISERS October 27, 2011 at 06:53 PM
RON: ENOUGH FREE CAMPAIGNING, STICK TO THE TOPIC AT HAND.
WJB October 27, 2011 at 06:55 PM
To Ron Goldwyn....Seriously...campaigning on this site...stick to the topic...you're a political misfit who's just lost my vote...you're a disgrace.
RONALD M GOLDWYN October 27, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Sorry folks, I can read without your shouting (Caps) As far as my campaigning this is how I have chosen to gain name recognition in my district. If you are my opponent you may join me, but the mgmt of Patch have found no objection as I was with them this morning at their event. RON GOLDWYN the most experienced candidate for PZB. Even Ben Blake has adopted my slogan in saying, "Because experience DOES matter" I’d love your vote as a 74th birthday present on Nov. 8
Joe Della Monica October 27, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Having served with the best men and women in blue was an honor. Same to you Ron.
robert frank October 27, 2011 at 08:23 PM
It's about time this is great police work! Thank you to the Milford P.D. for holding this rebel artist accountable!
BJ October 27, 2011 at 10:24 PM
The Milford PD lost one of its best sergeants when Joe DellaMonica retired. I hope he's elected as an alderman so we don't lose his dedication, forthrightness, and honesty. I wish I could vote for him, but, alas, we're in different districts.
Kathy Kobishyn October 28, 2011 at 12:36 AM
I agree wholeheartedly with you Mr. Johansmeyer. Joe Dellamonica will be a wonderful Alderman. I sincerely hope he wins and wins big!!
Joe Della Monica October 28, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Thank You both!
mike October 28, 2011 at 04:37 AM
unfortunately even if he is found guilty they won't do that to him. They will say it is not right, but I agree he should have to do it with a sign or speak to high schools. At 26 years old you would think he would have more common sense then to tag stuff....geez
Rich October 28, 2011 at 05:52 AM
I can imagine the phone call now: "Mommy, come bail me out. I can't stay here in jail. Please come bail me out. I'll even promise to pay you back. Please! I can't stay here."
Stephen Bennett October 31, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Sorry - I misspoke - I meant Wilcox Park
Pam November 01, 2011 at 12:24 AM
I walked the boradwalk today and I am afraid that an attempt to 'clean' the tags will not work - the result is a large smudged area! Perhaps Mr. O'Rourke should have to pay for the labor and materials to replace the area he decorated and then clean up on a regular basis all of the dog poop from those who do not clean up after their dogs! (even though signs are posted that dogs are not allowed!)
Corey Sipe November 02, 2011 at 04:08 PM
I think that the vandal should have to both pay for damage done and also be required to perform additional community service at state and town parks which would involve repainting, cleaning, lawn mowing, etc. Vandalism is a serious problem costing cities and towns thousands of dollars every year. We should send the message that it won't be tolerated.
CT. PROPERTY APPRAISERS November 02, 2011 at 04:22 PM
I agree with Corey, either he or his parents should be fined, made to clean up his mess, and be reuired to do community service, maybe cleaning up other tagged property.
WJB November 02, 2011 at 06:21 PM
His parents???? This "man" is 26 years old for crying out loud...I think they're off the hook at this point in life but I do believe that they (the parents) deserve a humanitarian award for not smothering this imbecile at birth.
kevin December 08, 2011 at 02:53 AM
my fiance and i were realy looking forward to the opening of the boardwalk. it took a little time but we got there. then i saw the graffiti. didnt take long for a scumbag to ruin it. most the time you cant remove or paint over the graffiti. if thats the case this 26 year old loser should have to pay for the materials and labor to replace those sections of the walk, and have to remove all the graffiti in milford. somone should spray paint his face too. all thats nothing compared to what i would like to do to him.
Chris Matthews January 22, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Wow, since when is our judicial system based on guilty unitl proven innocent? I find it pretty pathetic that all of you who know absolutly NOTHING about the case, feel as though your input is somehow beneficial or even informative. I personally KNOW Mr. O'Rourke, and he had NOTHING to do with ANY of it. When he was questioned he refused to answer any questions and wouldnt snitch on the people responsible. Mr. O'Rourke works 15 hour days 6 days a week and takes care of his sick mother. He may have some shady friends but since when is that a crime? Oh and by the way all the charges agaisnt him were dropped as they brought him in in hopes of him telling them who were responsible. So the next time you people want to degrade someone and assume the worst, know your facts and some of you NEED TO GET A LIFE
Chris Matthews January 22, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I also find it pretty amazing how none of you have problems with all the ciggarette ads and alcohol ads that we are bombarded with DAILY, telling us how to look, how to act, telling us if you buy this you will feel better about yourself, but when someone paints POSITIVE messges, its a crime? It wasnt done on anyones PRIVATE property, house, car, or buisness. And i went to the boardwalk and it didn't say P-CITY not in one SINGLE place..They blamed him for EVERYTHING that was done in Milford for the last 2 1/2 years and THAT SHOULD BE A CRIME

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