Cops bag ‘Loot’ tagger – again

Photo by Edwin Soto

He’s baaack – under arrest.

The infamous graffiti tagger “Loot” faced new charges only a week after his initial arrest for tagging graffiti all over the east Bronx.

This time, the 16-year-old was busted for driving a stolen car.

And to top that off, he was arrested inside the 45th Precinct for carving his tag with a coin into the bench he was handcuffed to.

While he was cooling his heals in the station house, local electeds, Community Board 10 members and the precinct commander were working on a graffiti cleanup program.

According to a complaint report, Anthony Miro was caught in the drivers seat after he broke into a 1997 Nissan at Baisley and Ellsworth Avenue at 2:32 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Back at the precinct, cops said he apparently couldn’t resist leaving his tag carved into a bench.

He was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Criminal Mischief, Making Graffiti, and Possession of Graffiti Instruments.

Just a week before, on Saturday, Nov. 9, he was caught in the act, and confessed to cops of up to at least 10 incidents of spray-painting “Loot” on local highways and businesses since July 1 around Throggs Neck, Pelham Bay and Waterbury-LaSalle.

He was released in his own recognizance for a Jan. 22 hearing.

“Even as we were gathering outside to clean up graffiti, he was in his cell nearby,” said Community Board 10 chairman John Marano, who along with 45th Precinct Crime Prevention Officer Erin Rabbitt, Police Officer John Sourada, and Ciarra Gannon from Senator Jeff Klein’s office took leading roles in organizing the event. It went off without a hitch, with about 50 volunteers showing up.

“I think the graffiti cleanup went great,” said Marano. “We hit about a dozen locations between all the volunteers. We had about a dozen youth from the Villa Maria Academy basketball program and their coaches.” Among the areas cleaned were the Bruckner Blvd. service road between East Tremont Avenue and Hutchinson River Parkway, at These Our Treasures building on Bruckner Blvd., Lafaytte Avenue under the Cross Bronx Expressway underpass, Dill Place, Lawton Avenue and E. Tremont Avenue, Sampson and E. Tremont Avenue, Scott Place and East Tremont Avenue and several others he said.

Senator Jeff Klein, 45th Precinct commanding officer Captain James McGeown, Councilman Jimmy Vacca, Marano, CB 10 district manager Kenneth Kearns, and about 45 volunteers, including members of the Precinct’s Youth Explorers program participated.

At the start of the cleaning, Senator Jeff Klein presented awards to John Provetto and Sydney Flores, who make graffiti cleanup in their communities a regular thing.

“To keep our streets graffiti-free, we have to work together,” said Klein. “Last weekend, dozens of volunteers came together to remove nearly 30 graffiti tags along East Tremont Avenue. Graffiti damages property, creates blight and causes financial hardship for home and business owners. With the help of the 45th Precinct, Community Board 10 and local residents, we’ve shown that our community will not tolerate tagging property.

Patrick Rocchio can be reach via e-mail at procchio@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 742-3393
by Edwin Soto

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