STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Stamford police have arrested two men who they say are responsible for covering a number of city buildings with graffiti. Stamford police got their first clue on January 23rd, when someone left behind several cans of spray paint and other evidence near a business that had been vandalized at 62 Viaduct Road. Police say they were able to lift a fingerprint from one of the cans, but were unable to locate a suspect.
On March 8th, a homeowner called police to report he saw a man tagging a fence behind the Post Office on Camp Ave. The witness gave a good description of a car leaving the area. Police spotted the car at the River’s Edge Condo Complex. The car sped off, but was eventually stopped on Haig Ave.
The driver, 22 year old Michael Fanali admitted being behind the post office. Police say they found a backpack with a number of cans of spray paint and tools associated with tagging. They say they also found evidence of another suspect in that bag. The next day police arrested 25 year old Jeffrey Gilleski and charged him with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell. Fanali is charged with Criminal Mischief in the second degree and conspiracy.
Police say they also found drawings, books and pictures of graffiti tied to vandalism all over Stamford. Police say they are still investigating, and are seeing how many of 39 instances of graffiti “tagging” might be connected with the two suspects. Police are asking anyone with unreported graffiti to call the Stamford Police Property Crimes Unit at (203) 977-4407.