ALBANY, N.Y. - Police in Albany arrested two men for possessing graffiti instruments on Washington Avenue Tuesday night.
Around 11:50 p.m. officers responded to the area of Central Avenue and Lexington Avenue for a report of two males on the roof of a building. When officers arrived they noticed freshly painted graffiti on the building where the suspects were last seen.
Then around 12:20 a.m., an officer was flagged down on Lark Street and Washington Avenue by a resident who stated that while on the 100-block of Central Avenue, he saw two males on the roof of a building. He was able to give the officer a description of the suspects and stated that they were walking down Washington Avenue.
Police stopped and arrested Joseph Burke, 22, of West Coxsackie, and Douglas Thies, 22, of Catskill, who were allegedly found to be in possession of spray paint and Sharpie markers.
Both have been charged with Criminal Trespass 3rd and Possession of Graffiti Instruments.
Thies was also found to have a switchblade knife and a small bag of marijuana in his possession, and was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
Police say the pair may be involved in several graffiti cases in the City of Albany. The investigation is still ongoing.
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