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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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madmax August 11, 2012 at 04:41 PM
The most depressing thing to me is not that complete lack of common sense and discretion exercised by the police, but that people like retiree88, Chuck Veepert and Ivnnbuckingham can vote and feel as though they need to impose their will on everyone else. When I reflect on everything that is wrong with this country, the criminalization of living life, the death of common sense, the rewarding of slothfulness and penalizing those who work to be successful, I think of guys like retiree88, Chuck Veepert, and Ivnnbuckingham and how their kind is destroying everything good.
Kkana3 August 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM
^ couldn't have put it better myself. Let kids be kids, take care of things that actually matter.
Greg Pierce August 11, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Yeah Retiree let kids be kids! In the police academy they taught us "Police Officers Discretion." I would have taken them off the streets and delivered them to their parents by waking them up at midnight. Or calling them and making them come down to the station. That would have pissed off them and filtered down to the kids. I would have written them a warning and their parents! NOT given them Criminal Mischief which will now be on their record!
Jeff Lugar August 11, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Well those same brains didn't tell them it was inappropriate and suspicious to be drawing in the street at midnight. It was just flat-out suspicious behavior. What were they doing out that late? Likely nothing productive.
Bill Guy August 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
How much traffic is on a Doylestown street at midnight? Who are the geniuses saying that these two ran a great risk of being run over?
Jayce Garon August 12, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Such a horrible crime!!! Almost as bad as skateboarding!!! Maybe I'll move to Philly where it's safe.
Jayce Garon August 12, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Agreed.
Nitroboy August 13, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Word.
Barney Sloan August 13, 2012 at 03:38 AM
An 18 year old does not have a curfew he is an adult. The 17 year old was not drunk or anything else. Kids have every right to be out at night. The problem with Doylestown is they want to be the center of the county but only for middle class adults with lots of money to spend. Giving someone a permenant record over something like this is a joke. We are becoming a police state.
Barney Sloan August 13, 2012 at 03:42 AM
It will cost these kids close to $1,000 each for a lawyer just to go before the local district judge. If they need to go to the county court it could be as high as $2,500 plus court cost. Got to keep the judges in their jobs and support your local lawyers! Police use to be allowed to use discretion now they write tickets to raise money for the local towns.
Barney Sloan August 13, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Thanks for the hook up on this. It hit the news in NY also everyone at work is laughing at our town. They said we should worry about real crime. The Chief needs to get a life he is an idiot. I am going to head into town and draw in the street. I am a 60 year old vice president for a large corporation. I would love to take these idiots on in court and I can aford to take all the way to the Supreme Court as freedom of expression.
Mark Miscovich August 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Totally agree Jeff - word is that next week, they were planning on drawing a moo-cow. Nothing but trouble, those two rascals!
Christine Carlen August 15, 2012 at 02:42 AM
My, my......how quickly we forget that these are the same police officers who put themselves in harms way to keep our residents safe during the stand-off on Father's Day. You, who berate our law enforcement officers, would be up in arms if there were "kids" defacing your property, and nothing were done about it. Parents, keep tabs on your children...............they are YOUR responsibility.
Barney Sloan August 15, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Hey they were not children 18year old is an adult and chalk in the street is not going to permanetly deface anything. These cops would not last a month in a major city. Hey and the stand off was with a police officer armed to the hilt trying to commit suicide by cop! The only reason the stand off lasted so long it was one of there own they did not want to kill. The probably would have attacked sooner if it was a private citizen. See what happened to the mentally ill citizen in Rock Hill being gunned down unarmed and handcuffed with his hands behind his back.
Michael W August 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I wonder... does possession of sidewalk chalk mean that one can be arrested for criminal intent? Does anyone have the link for the Dept. of Homeland Security, Pre-Crime Division, Terrorist Chalking Tactical Unit?
Bob Powell August 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM
the only thing about a "curfew", it only works when it up held...
EmbracetheDarkness August 16, 2012 at 08:54 PM
The charges were dropped! The Burgermeister surrendered to public outcry! Viva the chalk doodlers!
EmbracetheDarkness August 16, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Christine, Case dismissed...you lose! Guess the police need to stick to arresting real criminals...not our children!
Gene Shumaker August 17, 2012 at 12:07 AM
its great news hope this lad learned something from all of this there are very nice people out there and its been fun reading all the coments most were pos. thank all of you its been fun g. shumaker charleston s.c.
Barney Sloan August 17, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I just read the origininal article when is it the police chief job to assume since they had chalk they commited the previous crime. I wonder if he will send the chalk to CSI for comparison to the chalk taken off the walls where the graffitti appeared before. Oh yeah what do they say about the word assume! Hey chief you are an ass!
Barney Sloan August 17, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Really!
Lynne Venters August 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I just learned on here that these charges were dropped, but I am wondering if the news media was advised as I have not seen it on TV as I did the original charges. It would seem appropriate to notify the TV stations as it could help give some credibility back to the judgment of the Doylestown Police Department. Also seems that a public apology would be in order to the boys who were charged....how embarrassing for Doylestown.
Sarah Larson (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Here's the latest: http://doylestown.patch.com/articles/charges-against-teen-chalkers-dropped
Donny Rothbardt August 18, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Let's face it, chalking on the street often leads to violence and many times to murder. Yes, many serial killers and rapists are known to have started their life of crime as street chalkers. They should get 50 lashes. That'll teach 'em! Wake up doofus cops in Doylestown...there are real bad guys out there.
Donny Rothbardt August 18, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Many times cops tend to forget they were kids once. Plus it's no wonder that some kids learn to disrespect police. Personally, I wish they were hired as "peace officers." Maybe that would help lighten them up.
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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