Stonington police: Alert caller helped lead officers to graffiti suspect

Stonington police: Alert caller helped lead officers to graffiti suspect

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STONINGTON — A Westerly man is facing charges after police said an unidentified caller caught him in the act of defacing a flood gate by tagging it with green marker last week.

Matthew William Dooley, 29, of 225C High St. in Westerly, was charged Friday morning with third-degree criminal mischief. He was later released on a promise to appear for arraignment in New London Superior Court on Feb. 22, police said.

Dooley was taken into custody around 8:45 a.m. Friday when police said a caller reported the activity. According to police, the caller had witnessed Dooley writing on the Mechanic Street flood gate near Prospect Street with “green paint.” The small graffiti tag, a green marking with the letters “SLA” clearly visible before running together, remained at the site as of Tuesday morning.

The caller reported that Dooley had used a bicycle to flee south along Mechanic Street, police said. He was located by officers traveling south in the area of River Road and Crestwood Lane and was in possession of a green marker, according to police. Dooley was then identified by the unnamed witness and taken into custody without further incident, police said.

Police said the arrest should serve as a reminder to residents that if you see something suspicious, you should contact the department. For non-emergencies, contact Stonington police at 860-599-4411.


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