CITY OF RENO NEWS — With the help of an alert community member, the Reno Police Department was able to arrest another graffiti tagger. Several arrests have occurred in the last few months where a community member witnessed the act and called police immediately.
On July 6, 2013, at 1:18 a.m., the Reno Police officers responded to a report of a subject tagging the Arlington Bridge. Upon arriving, officers interrupted a 48 year old male (David Holtslander, aka “Shorty”) vandalizing the underside of the bridge and arrested him for one count of graffiti vandalism. “This arrest is an excellent reminder of how the ‘See Something, Say Something’ concept really works and how we need the community to be a force multiplier as we work together to combat graffiti,” advises Reno Police Lieutenant Scott Dugan. “The caller provided us with exactly what we need—an immediate phone call when they saw something, providing a location and description of the suspect, and not putting themselves in danger.”
The Reno City Council has made the graffiti program a priority by adding more staff through this year’s budget. With the new additions, the graffiti program will be able to have a more proactive approach and abatement will occur seven days a week.
Remember if you See Something, Say Something. For in-progress crimes call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies within Reno call 334-COPS. To provide tips or information while remaining anonymous contact Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW. Through the Reno Municipal Court, a rewards program for convictions is in place to reward citizens who help the City hold taggers accountable for their actions.
Arrested: Holtslander, David aka “Shorty” (DOB: 01-26-65)
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