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Graffiti photos on Facebook send UT tagger to jail

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah tagger who was so proud of his graffiti that he posted photos of his artwork on Facebook has been arrested after police sent him a friend request through a fake online profile.

Police said 20-year-old Matthew Todakonzie of North Salt Lake posted more than 150 photos on a private Facebook page titled “graffiti.” He agreed to share them online with undercover detective who tracked down dozens that carried the unique tag, “HOKES.”

North Salt Lake Police Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam told the Deseret News most taggers are very proud of what they do and want to be recognized for their work to a certain extent.

Todakonzie’s recognition landed him in the Davis County Jail on Thursday for investigation of several counts of criminal mischief graffiti and criminal trespass.

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