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Teens Cited for Drawing Chalk Pictures

Doylestown police say the two teens caught drawing with chalk on a borough street were cited for criminal mischief because of other recent chalk graffiti.

OUTSIDE PHILADELPHIA -- Chalk drawings of a whale and some sea turtles earned two local teens citations for criminal mischief.

But police said it wasn't so much what they were drawing, as when and where they were drawing, that landed the young men in hot water.

"They were doing it at midnight, in the middle of the street," Doylestown Borough Police Chief Jim Donnelly said Thursday. "And, we’ve had several instances of vandalism with the offenders using chalk."

The chief said chalked graffiti has been found on several Doylestown buildings in recent weeks. Some of the drawings were obscene, and some were quotes from song lyrics, Donnelly said.

So when officers came upon two teens drawing with chalk around midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 7, they stopped and questioned them. It happened on North Clinton Street near Wood Street, according to police reports.

Connor Logan, 18, of Doylestown, and a 17-year old male, also of Doylestown, were cited for criminal mischief. Logan, a recent graduate of Central Bucks West, and his fellow artist had drawn "a large whale and several sea turtles" on the street, according to the police report.

The drawings were done with white chalk, and have since been washed away.

Donnelly said the boys were cited only for the North Clinton incident, but he thinks there was more to it than that.

"My personal belief is these are the same people who did the other graffiti, but we can't prove it," Donnelly said. "But the officer caught them in the act in this instance and charged them with that violation. So we issued the citation, and we'll have to see what the judge says."

 

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Harold J August 18, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Sorry - The Doylestown Boro council is 100% Democrat.
Gene Shumaker August 18, 2012 at 08:34 PM
maybe the town should spend some $$ on a place for kids to have fun chalking skate boarding just let kids play ... curfew must be obeyed by everyone thats the town rule .mayor spend some $$ on your town kids give em a chance at life instead of police giveing em hard times and the kids dis likeing the police lets get along together .maybe you don;t need that new car ...
Donny Rothbardt August 19, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Wasting their time. Heck no! These kids were featured on "Most Wanted!" I feel much safer that these potential murderers are "off the street." Don't you? The cops should be commended....and promptly fired! 8>)
Linda Reboh August 23, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I agree there are so many worse things kids could do, to me this is a better way to spend their time than using drugs, getting into fights or shooting at someone. Who knows maybe a great gateway to some talented artists. Linda Reboh
Linda Reboh August 24, 2012 at 01:39 AM
The Langhorne Municipal Building is hosting an "Art Fest" On Sept 8th and 9th, 2012. One of the activites on Saturday is a giant sidewalk chalk contest. The Middletown Police Department is right next store to our building and will not be citing anyone. Plus there's food, artwork in the gallery, art demo's, raffles, 50/50, we will welcome anyone who wants to make Art on our sidewalk with chalk that day. Go to artistsofbristol.com for more information. If anyone knows these two individuals tell them we would be happy to have them.

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