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Deputies Commended for Graffiti Arrests

The San Clemente City Council recognized two deputies for arresting a number of suspected vandals in San Clemente, in part because of an art show at a local bar and coverage by Patch.

San Clemente police have arrested and charged two graffiti scrawlers, in part because of a Halloween art show at a local wine bar and coverage by San Clemente Patch.

Deputies David Pultz and Joe Kantar received an Orange County Sheriff's Department divisional commendation for the arrests and were honored by the city council Tuesday night.

One of those arrested is a suspected vandal who goes by the name of Bandit, who paints distinctive skulls with Native American headdresses and bandanas covering their faces.

One of the suspects appeared in photos posted with Jackie Connor's October article for San Clemente Patch titled "" said San Clemente Police Services Chief Lt. Paul D'Auria.

Though he wore a bandana over his face, police recognized other characteristics and used photos on Patch and a local blog to link the suspect to his work, D'Auria told the city council.

Pultz and Kantar were able to stake out the suspect's home and obtain a search warrant. Inside, they found evidence of vandalism, vandalism tools and street signs, D'Auria said.

The two men are Kyle Rozunko, 21, and Kyle Dain Gingerelli, 24, according to a Wednesday email from D'Auria. Gingerelli has pleaded guilty to vandalism of $400 or more and possession of vandalism tools. He received a sentence of 30 days in jail, restitution including $100 in fines and three years of probation.

It is unclear if one of these men is responsible for the Bandit graffiti. Orange County Superior Court records do not currently show a vandalism-related criminal complaint for Rozunko.

Mr Salty January 19, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Does anyone else see the irony of these two receiving this totally meaningless award in the same week we've had two violent gang encounters in town? How typical of OCSD. Instead of an award they should give these guys a subscription to Weight Watchers.
george gregory January 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I'm so glad the OCSD was able to pull themselves away from ticketing trucks with ladders on top to respond to this true crime
bandit January 20, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Thanks to everyone in support on the "Street Art" (not graffiti San Clemente Patch) Let's just let the copper's enjoy their claim to fame on catching the deadly "Bandit" I mean come on...they captured a "real" vigilante, a real threat to society so let's give them some credit. ...Another thing...who the hell is Kyle Rozunko and why is his name put in like he was arrested? I guess the cops are getting desperate again so they pull names out of a hat. Janene, it would be nice to be commended for the art but these cop's you see, they need this for their self esteem, especially after Mr. salty's comment about them needing a subscription to Weight Watcher's(which Mr. Salty, I can't argue you on this one). George Gregory...it is amazing that they were able to find time away from their "busy" schedules of ticketing ridiculous offences to solve this "true Crime". I hope they get recognized on Oprah or something. The world needs to know what these brave men did... with love bandit
bandit January 20, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Oh and Officer Pultz and Kantar...you're welcome.
bob plush January 09, 2013 at 03:08 AM
How awful. This is really beyond words. What's missing from this trashy celebration is two things, creativity and inspiration. These "vandals", these "scrawlers", are FULL of creativity and passion. They are innovators with entrepreneurial characteristics. They are as inspiring as anyone I have ever met, and they do what they do for the sake of self expression. I doubt seriously, that the decorated officers shown in this picture could begin to comprehend these words, creativity and passion. Well, unless you consider how creative they must be at dodging diabetes, or how passionate they must be about being a useless, scrawling, small town cop with control issues. Nice piece of detective work you guys. You are all total idiots.

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