LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with graffiti that has been seen in various parts of Lehigh Acres, especially along Gunnery road and along Lee Blvd.
"I am so glad they got the person and I hope he learns a lesson," said Paul Lambertucci, owner of three buildings on Gunnery in Lehigh.
His properties have been spray-painted, or 'tagged', more than once this fall. Another nearby business, B and B Cooling, says it has had its outer walls painted at least four times this fall. In one case, the wall was "tagged' again, within a day or two of re-painting.
"We are a business, we could not have that stuff on our wall," said Matt Borek, a co-owner of the cooling company.
"I have spent thousands of dollars to re-paint and to install security cameras. I am not pleased at having to do that. Hopefully it will stop now," said Lambertucci.
The gang-style graffiti also showed up in recent weeks on light poles, fences, and even curbs along Gunnery Rd. in Lehigh.
A Lee sheriff's deputy noticed similarities between the paint and the lettering style, on some buildings on Gunnery, and on the bathroom walls at East Lee County High School. That led to an interview with an East Lee student. That teen now is charged with criminal mischief. The crime report quotes the teen as saying, he learned 'tagging' when he was living in Miami. His family moved to Lehigh a little more than a year ago.