EDISON – The Edison Police Department’s Graffiti Task Force arrested four suspects last week, officials announced Monday.
Michael Coleman, 18; Kevin Rosa, 18; and a 17-year-old male suspect were arrested on March 15, authorities said. Trevor Lynch, 18, was arrested on March 19. All four suspects are from Edison. Coleman was charged with nine complaints of criminal mischief; the other suspects were charged with one complaint each.
The four individuals are believed to be responsible for causing more than $1,500 in damage to the concession stand and storage trailers the newly renovated Edison Jets Football Complex on Central Avenue at the end of February.
Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan, “The fine detective work of the officers involved in the Graffiti Task Force continue to make a positive impact on all Edison residents. The Graffiti Task Force signifies that we take graffiti crimes seriously and dedicate sufficient resources to identify and prosecute those responsible for these quality of life crimes.”
Bryan started the Graffiti Task Force in February 2009. It is a collaboration of officers within the department from units such as: the Community Resource Unit, School Resource Officers, BCI, Juvenile Unit, Detective Bureau and Patrol Bureau. The task force has sought an exchange of information and ideas with other law enforcement agencies including: The New Jersey State Police, Highland Park Police, Metuchen Police, and the New York Police Department’s City Wide Vandals Unit.
Since its inception a little over a year ago, the task force has been credited with 15 arrests totaling 65 criminal complaints. In addition, it organized six graffiti clean-ups within Edison Township working hand in hand with the Edison Department of Public Works, Edison Health Department and various civic and/or school groups.
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