Published: Jun 05, 2013 10:33 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 05, 2013 12:15 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested three teens on vandalism charges this morning, after bright green paint on one of the suspect's arms gave them away.

Deputies were proactively patrolling the Lee Boulevard business corridor in the early morning hours, when they encountered three juveniles acting suspiciously in the area of Hazelwood Avenue. During the encounter, the deputy noticed one of them had the paint on his arm. Realizing the teens may be involved in recent vandalism (graffiti) to area businesses, the individuals were detained.

During subsequent interviews, information was developed linking the three juveniles to the recent vandalism at St. Raphael's Church as well as recent incidents at Beef O' Brady's and Max'D Out Fitness. A 16-year-old from Lehigh Acres, a 15-year-old also from Lehigh Acres,and a 14-year-old with an unknown address were each charged with Burglary and Criminal Mischief with Property Damage $1,000 or more.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if the three juveniles are responsible for other vandalism in the community