March 10, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Arrest in Property Damage Cases

The Springfield Police Department arrested Taphas Hall, 17- years old, of Springfield reference a string of property damage cases in the center city area. On Monday morning a patrol officer recognized the suspect near Parkview High School. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

It is alleged the suspect damaged property by spray painting buildings with black spray paint or white shoe polish or marker. The suspect would often leave the words KEY, BOBE/BORE or KSB on the structures.

Police believe the suspect was involved in as many as 22 incidents of property damage. Charges are pending in the case, and the investigation is continuing.

If anyone has additional information about this case they are asked to call 864-1810.

We appreciate the cooperation from news agencies that supported our efforts in attempting to identify the involved suspect.

SPD Case Number: NA

Media Contact: Major Kevin Routh, phone: 417-864-1754; Release authorized by: Major Kevin Routh

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
417-864-1810 •