By Caleb Hutton
A man was caught “black-handed” spray painting a wall inside the Alamo apartment complex this week, police said.
A witness saw a man, later identified as Robin Miles Blau, 36, tagging property on East Maple late Monday, Nov. 12, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.
Police scoured the area and saw a door ajar at the 421 E. Maple St. apartment complex. They could hear someone spray painting inside.
The officer caught Blau in the act and grabbed the black spray can from him, Young said. Similar squiggly tags — spelling “LERKS” — were found in the neighborhood, on property owned by the U.S. Postal Service, Puget Sound Energy, a gas station and the apartments.
In all, the estimated cost to paint over or otherwise fix the damaged property is $1,050.
Blau was booked into jail on suspicion of malicious mischief in the second degree, a class C felony.