SANTA BARBARA – Mark Todd Euglow, 18, and his friend Jacob Tyler Kelliher, 18, have been so creative that they caught the eye of Santa Barbara Police Department’s Detective Gary Siegel and his friend, Detective Ben Ahrens. The differences between the two sets of “friends”, however is striking, in that Siegel and Ahrens are assigned to SBPD Youth Services Section and have considerable experience in tracking the sources of the graffiti vandalism currently plaguing the Mission City.
Euglow apparently has a distinctive graffiti talent that makes his artwork remarkably attributable to him alone, and, between February 6 and February 12, his work was noted on both public and private property throughout the northern areas of Santa Barbara and Goleta. Euglow became the object of a felony arrest warrant obtained by Siegel and Ahrens for committing a felony and was released on his own recognizance from custody in Santa Barbara County Jail on a felony burglary charge and no less than 26 counts of graffiti vandalism. According to SBPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Riley Harwood, “Detective Siegel also obtained a search warrant for Euglow’s residence at that time.”
On February 12, both warrants were served on Euglow and he was taken into custody. Also on the premises at the time was Kelliher; it was quickly determined that both young men were in possession of large quantities of spray paint, markers, and assorted additional graffiti materials, as well as multiple laptop computers, cellphones, and an undisclosed amount of cash—all believed to be the booty of thefts from unlocked vehicles in the area.
Euglow was booked on charges of felony vandalism and grand theft as well as possession of vandalism tools and petty theft, with his bail set at $45,000. Kelliher was booked on charges of felony grand theft and possession of vandalism tools with bail set at $20,000.
Photos: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking
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