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Two teens charged with Albany graffiti spree

Police have arrested two people in connection with a graffiti spree early Thursday on Central Avenue
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Police have arrested two people in connection with a graffiti spree early Thursday on Central Avenue.

It’s part of a continuing crackdown on individuals who deface property in the city.

Police received information that two individuals were tagging various buildings on Central Avenue early Thursday.

Based on a description, patrol officers spotted the suspects at Central Avenue and Partridge Street at 2:38 a.m. Thursday.

Michael Paul Swim, 18, of 454 Second Ave., Albany, and Simon M. Ottendorf, 16, of 46 Norwood Ave. , Albany, were charged with making graffiti and possession of graffiti instruments.

Det. James Miller,spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said they were in possession of a white marker that matched six locations along Central Avenue that were tagged. Swim has been arrested previously on graffiti charges in Albany.

Police said the two allegedly tagged a dumpster at 484 Central Ave; a garage door at 500 Central Ave.; a front window and a dumpster at 504 Central Ave.; a front window at 532 Central Ave.; and a bus shelter at Central and Manning Blvd.; and mail boxes at 450 Central Ave.

They were arraigned Thursday morning in Albany City Criminal Court.

Swim and Ottendorf are two of 10 individuals arrested since June for allegedly drawing graffiti in various locations throughout the city.

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