Two suspected vandals were caught "sticky handed" Tuesday after a tip from an off-duty officer led police to a silver Cadillac where two men, thought to be gang members, were found with spray paint cans and residue on one of their hands.
In custody and charged with felony vandalism are Sebastian Arredonda and Jeremy Priddy, both 18 year old San Leandro residents.
Police say they are members of a Norteno street gang, which leads to an added charge of committing a felonious crime while being part of a criminal gang.
According to police the incident began at 1 am Tuesday when an off-duty San Leandro police office saw two men spray painting gang graffiti on the pillars of the BART tracks. The off duty officer called in a description of their vehicle, a silver Cadillac.
About 45 minutes later, an on-duty officer spotted a vehicle matching that description on the 1600 block of Gardner Boulevard. The officer found the suspects sitting inside the Cadillar, and saw spray paint cans as well as paint on Arredondas’ hands. Priddy had a small amount of marijuana, police said.
Both men were placed under arrest.
Officers have located about 17 places along Williams and Davis Streets where the two men are suspected of spray painting signs for a Norteno street gang.
but they have been relatively inactive of late, police say.