Three men in their 30s have some growing up to do after they were busted by Nanaimo RCMP tagging public property.

On Monday, February 15th at around 9 p.m., Nanaimo RCMP officers caught a break when they were tipped off the adult taggers were tagging public property in Maffeo Sutton Park.

When the officers arrived, the suspects attempted to leave the park, however, other arriving officers located them and arrested them for mischief.

Police returned to the park and found several fresh tags done in green paint which matched the green paint on the hands and clothing of all three suspects.

Several utility boxes and garbage cans were found to have been tagged with the same coloured paint.

“Items seized from the suspects included nine spray cans, numerous black markers and dozens of spray nozzles of various size,” said Cst. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The three suspects, ranging in age from 32 to 36, were later released unconditionally from police custody while the investigation continued.

“Officers are consulting with city officials before laying charges to determine the actual cost to remove the paint and restore the property to its original state,” added O’Brien.

“Every year graffiti tags on public and private property cost thousands of dollars and many hours to remove. Some items are permanently defaced and need to be replaced.”