NJ graffiti 'taggers' have brush with law in Fairfield
Updated 7:02 am, Friday, October 18, 2013
Spray paint is apparently a commodity that challenging to steal in New Jersey.
Two men from the Garden State journeyed Wednesday to the Home Depot store on Kings Highway Cutoff and tried to leave with $1,305 worth of spray paint without paying, police said.
They told police that they were "taggers" and needed the spray paint to paint on canvas. They couldn't steal it in New Jersey, though, because they said stores in their home state keep the spray paint under lock and key.
Clifton Eddens, 19, of Tenafly, N.J., and John Marston, 21, of Demarest, N.J., were charged during the incident which began around 2:30 p.m. when the pair was seen by store employees loading spray paint into a Jeep outside the store. Police were called.
When officers arrived, Eddens fled the parking lot on foot and Marston told them he didn't know Eddens' last name and had no cell phone number for him. In searching the vehicle, however, police located several IDs in Eddens' name. Marston also told police he had nothing to do with the actual paint theft and had just been waiting in the Jeep.
While Marston was being booked at police headquarters, police said Eddens called and wanted to turn himself in. He gave police his location and he was picked up on Longview Avenue.
Both were charged with fourth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny. Bond for each was set at $500. They are scheduled to appear Oct. 28 in Bridgeport Superior Court.