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Atlanta Police Arrest Repeat Graffiti Vandal
Posted Date: 10/1/2012 4:30 PM
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  Atlanta Police Department Public Affairs
226 Peachtree Street SW • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Carlos Campos, APD Public Affairs Manager
404-546-4212, office
404-617-5073, cell

Elizabeth Espy, APD Public Affairs Asst. Manager

News Release

AAtlanta Police Arrest Repeat Graffiti Vandal

The Atlanta Police Department is pleased to announce the arrest of a man linked to more than 70 incidents of graffiti vandalism in the city.

Cory Harris (DOB 3/6/91), of Stone Mountain, was arrested September 11th, 2012, by Zone 6 Atlanta Police officers who witnessed him “tagging” train cars in the CSX rail yard near Seaboard Avenue. Harris was found to be in possession of markers and graffiti drawings when arrested. Officers noted 15 cars that had been marked with what appeared to be fresh graffiti, identifying Harris by the moniker, “CUR.”

This particular tag is associated with more than 70 instances of vandalism in the city. Harris was charged with criminal trespass and obstruction of officers and transported to the DeKalb County Jail.

Ongoing investigation by the APD’s Graffiti Abatement Officer Brad Etterle has led to further criminal charges against Harris for prior acts of vandalism.

The charges include three felonies and two misdemeanors, specifically: Criminal damage to property in the second degree (felony), Damaging property of public utility companies (misdemeanor), Interference with government property (2 counts, felony), and Criminal trespass (misdemeanor). Arrest warrants were secured in both Fulton and Dekalb counties. A search warrant was conducted at Mr Harris’ residence which yielded more evidence linking Harris with the moniker “CUR”. Harris is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail.

“Graffiti is a blight on our community that damages property and affects our quality of life,” said Major Valerie Dalton, Commander of the Community Oriented Policing Section, where Officer Etterle is assigned. “Kudos to the officers in Zone 6 who made this arrest, and for Officer Etterle’s continued investigations that led to further, more serious, charges. This is a victory for all Atlantans who are fed up with graffiti.”

Harris’ arrest is the latest by the APD’s Graffiti Abatement Officer as the result of targeted investigations.  Last fall, previous Graffiti Abatement Officer Ari Bleifeld arrested seven repeat graffiti vandals after months of investigation. Six of them have been convicted on city charges in Atlanta Municipal Court, while a seventh awaits adjudication of his case.  Officer Etterle replaced Bleifeld in June as the representative on the Mayor’s Task Force on Graffiti.

A full-service police agency, the Department has adopted a community-oriented policing philosophy and relies heavily upon community input and collaborative problem-solving strategies. It is through heightened community involvement in public safety matters that the Atlanta Police Department will most effectively address its many priorities, including, but not limited to youth-related crime, domestic violence and the fight against crime in Atlanta.

With an authorized strength of more than 2,000 sworn officers, the Atlanta Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia, and a dedicated, high-profile force for positive change in our communities.


The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to reduce crime and promote the quality of life, in partnership with our community.