DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 15th, 2008 / 03:00 PM
SUBJECT:Graffiti Investigation Nets Three Arrests

A six-month graffiti investigation by the Schenectady Police Department Office of Field Intelligence has led to the arrests of three city teens.

Samuel A. D’Amico, 17, of 2051 Rosa Road and Christopher R. Rittner, 16, of 1726 Lenox Road were first arrested Saturday, May 10, 2008 after the pair was caught trespassing at the Schenectady Amtrack station. At the time of their arrest, both D’Amico and Rittner were in possession of graffiti instruments. They were each charged with Trespass, a violation, and Possession of Graffiti Instruments, a class B Misdemeanor. They were arraigned over the weekend and released.

On Tuesday, May 13, 2008 the pair was again caught trespassing at 249 State Street. An undercover detective witnessed D’Amico “tagging” the building at that location. D’Amico, Rittner, and 16 year-old Morgan T. Russell, of 25 N. Jay Street, were immediately taken into custody. D’Amico and Rittner have been charged again with Trespass and Possession of Graffiti Instruments. D’Amico has been additionally charged with Making Graffiti, a Class A Misdemeanor. Russell has been charged with Trespass.

D’Amico and Rittner were arraigned yesterday in Schenectady City Court. Their bail was set at $750.00 cash or $1,500.00 bond.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are looking at dozens of graffiti incidents that have occurred throughout the city over the past six months. Many effected properties appear to

have been “tagged” by individuals using content and style similar to those used by D’Amico and Rittner.

Anyone with information pertaining to any city graffiti incident is asked to call the Schenectady Police Department at 382-5245.