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Notorious Phoenix Graffiti Vandal Arrested

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He's called the worst graffiti vandal in Phoenix, and he's finally been arrested, accused of tagging more than 300 sites in Phoenix.

27-year-old Joel Delgado has been indicted on one count of criminal damage and one count of aggravated criminal damage, for more than 300 graffiti sites over 20 months.

Delgado was tracked and investigated using new technology that allowed authorities to observe all the places he tagged, which provided clues leading to his arrest.

Delgado confessed to the graffiti. He allegedly said, "I get a rush out of it and I can't stop. This is like a problem for me. Seriously a problem. I'm 27 years old. I'm going to be 30 years old, I'm like what am I doing? Writing on walls? Hopefully I end up in prison for it."

He faces up to 6.25 years in prison. Phoenix Neighborhood Services spent about $20,000 cleaning up Delgado's vandalism to walls, signs, poles, trash cans, and other properties.

Phoenix Graffiti Busters spends more than $2 million a year to clean up graffiti, a 67 percent increase over 5 years ago.

Citizens can help fight graffiti taggers in their area with a new app available to all iPhone and Droid phone users. It allows them to photograph graffiti using their phone and send it to the Phoenix Neighborhood Services database.

To download this free application, search available apps for the keyword "myphoenix." Once installed, open the application and follow the prompts to take a picture of the graffiti and then tap submit. Citizens can also call the Graffiti Busters 24-hour hotline at (602) 495-7014 to report vandalism or request a paint-over.

FOX 10's Miriam Garcia has more.

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