A 20-year-old Hockessin man is wanted by New Castle County Police as a suspect in a graffiti crime on Old Kennett Road in Wilmington.
Joseph Pierce, who police said resides in Paddington Court in Hockessin, is one of two suspects in the case, police said.
The second suspect, Tristan Proffitt, 20, of Bear, turned himself in at County Police headquarters on Friday in response to the warrant for his arrest. He was arraigned and released on $500 unsecured bail to await a court appearance.
Pierce and Proffitt are being charged with one count of graffiti to real or personal property after their graffiti "tag" was found on property owned by DelDOT, police said.
County Police investigated graffiti that was applied to a DelDOT concrete retention wall located in the 1400 block of Old Kennett Road in Wilmington. Through information gathered as a result of the investigation and evidence collected, police were able to identify the suspects.
"Graffiti and vandalism continue to be a problem across our county. Damage from graffiti cost millions of dollars to repair, lowers property values, and will lead to crime and quality of life issues within our communities," said New Castle County Police Col. E.M. Setting. "Our agency will continue to address this problem and ensure that these individuals are accountable for their actions."
Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joseph Pierce or with any additional information about this investigation, to contact the New Castle County Police Senior Cpl. Harris at 395-8171 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizens can also submit crime tips anonymously by going to www.NCCPD.com and following the link for Tips and Alerts. You will be asked for a subject line, the location the tip applies to, and your tip information. Citizens can provide text tips by texting the key word NCCPD followed by your tip to 847411 (TIP411) or call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.