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Two men face graffiti charge in Albany

Two men face graffiti charge in Albany

Albany police arrested two men Tuesday on Washington Avenue for alleged possession of graffiti instr
Two men face graffiti charge in Albany
Joseph Burke, left, and Douglas Thies

Albany police arrested two men Tuesday on Washington Avenue for alleged possession of graffiti instruments.

Late Monday, officers responded to the area of Central Avenue and Lexington Avenue for a report of two men on the roof of a building. When officers arrived they noticed freshly painted graffiti on the building where the suspects were last seen.

At about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, an officer was flagged down by a concerned resident at Lark Street and Washington Avenue. The resident said that while on the 100 block of Central Avenue, he saw two men on the roof of a building. He was able to give the officer a description of the suspects and said that they were walking down Washington Avenue.

Joseph Burke, 22, of West Coxsackie, and Douglas Thies, 22, of Catskill, were stopped moments later in the area of Washington Avenue and Dove Street. Both men were found to be in possession of spray paint and Sharpie markers. Thies was also found to have a switchblade knife and a small bag of marijuana in his possession.

Both men were charged with criminal trespass, third degree, and possession of graffiti instruments.

Thies was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Both were arraigned in the Albany City Criminal Court and released on their own recognizance.

The pair may be involved in several graffiti cases in the city of Albany, police said. The investigation is continuing.

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