Due to budgetary considerations, the Pittsburgh Police Department's specialized, three detective, anti-graffiti squad will be shutting down.
There has been widespread disappointment and concern from city leaders and concerned citizens.
Established in 2006, the squad had some high-profile arrests, including members of Pittsburgh's Most Wanted Graffiti Vandals, Ian de Beer and Daniel J. Montano. In 2008, Montano was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $232,582. In 010 de Beer was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $45,000.
The graffiti squad made 10 arrests and collected $11,899 in restitution in 2011, according to the Police Department's annual
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From Clean City Innovation Graffiti Watch