BELLINGHAM - A teenager accused of having GoPro camera footage of himself tagging graffiti in a Bellingham park has been charged with causing more than $7,000 in property damage.
Prosecutors allege Alexander Wilson Large, 18, hit buildings owned by a motorcycle repair shop, a coin laundry, the city of Bellingham and many other properties - a total of 19 documented cases - each time leaving behind tags with variations of the word "atrophy."
In late January, police interviewed another graffiti artist who confirmed Large had tagged "atro" and the initials "BUC" around Bellingham, according to charging documents filed last week in Whatcom County Superior Court. That lead helped police to obtain a search warrant for Large's apartment on Lakeway Drive.
In his bedroom, officers said they found spray paint, slap tags (homemade stickers with a graffiti tag), sketches of graffiti art and video from a GoPro camera. The footage showed Large "actively spraying structures in the area of Little Squalicum Beach," wrote Deputy Prosecutor Shannon Connor.
Police arrested Large about two weeks later. He spent the night in jail before being released on the agreement that he would show up for future court dates. Prosecutors charged him with first-degree malicious mischief.