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Posted: March 11, 2009 12:00 p.m.

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Police: Gang graffiti traced to local teen

At least one local juvenile was identified as the alleged culprit behind an incidence of graffiti discovered March 4 in the Windsong subdivision in Social Circle, according to School Resource Officer and Gang Investigator Jason Stribling of the Social Circle Public Safety Department.

The juvenile, a 16-year-old male from Social Circle, admitted to the incident when taken into custody, and he was released that same morning, said Stribling. The teen faces juvenile charges of damage to property and the commission of gang activity. Stribling is investigating allegations of another teen possibly being involved.

The graffiti, which was found on the garage door of an unoccupied house, a pool house, a fence, signs and two spots in the roadway, depicted symbols, such as the number "83," related to a popular gang faction, the "eight-trey gangster Crips," in LA.

"They just took it from a gang they found out about," Stribling said. "There's no indication that anyone from LA came out here and set up shop."

The "gangs" that exist in Social Circle are "homegrown" gangs, explained Stribling. "It's not the traditional, typical gangs... they do have somewhat of an organizational structure, but as far as crimes being committed, we haven't seen anything but tagging." He said there were about 12 identified groups in the city, with some active and some inactive.

He said the last incidence of graffiti occurred around Dec. 18 in the Dove Landing subdivision.

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