January 22, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Just hours after their arrest on a felony charge, a boyfriend and girlfriend teamed up to clean up what officers say they left on buildings downtown.
The sheriff's department says it's time to get tough on the kind of crime that leaves a real mess behind.
We've all seen graffiti, but rarely do we get to meet the artists.
Now an Augusta couple could pay a stiff price for their handiwork.
Adam Scarborough and his girlfriend Whitney Edenfield were arrested earlier today. The pair is charged with criminal damage to property on one building in downtown Augusta.
This is a crime that can be costly to everyone involved.
Scarborough and Edenfield are facing a felony charge, and for the Downtown Development Authority their arrest is the first step towards erasing the problem all together.
And as this couple found out.....getting rid of graffiti is no easy task...
News 12 found the two trying to scrub off the graffiti authorities say they painted on this building. They didn't appreciate us filming their dirty work.
But the artwork authorities say the two left behind is something businesses don't appreciate either.
"It's ugly to see," one business owner said. "We don't want that to be at the entrance of our bar."
It comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes, and no matter how you look at it, graffiti is downright ugly. So the downtown development authority took action
"The downtown association had offered a reward for information that would lead to the people doing the vandalism, and when I say vandalism I mean graffiti," Lt. Tony Walden said.
Lt. Walden says it was a tipster who led authorities to the couple and their anonymous artwork.
If convicted, Scarborough and Edenfield could face a felony charge of criminal damage to property in the second degree, a charge which carries a five year maximum jail sentence. All for four little letters, "ZAPP".
"We were curious ourself and it actually comes from the cartoon Futurama," Lt. Walden said.
"The fact that they've arrested them sends out a message to the rest of the people," said Todd Walker of Joe's Underground Café, where the graffiti was sprayed.
Lt. Walden said he doesn't expect any judge would sentence the couple to serve the maximum penalty if convicted, but Walden did expect the judge might make them clean it off.
As we saw, that might be hard to do.
A tipster led authorities to the pair. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says they will turn over the informant's information to the DDA, which may reward them with up to $1000.