SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) After a two-week investigation, Surfside Beach Police have arrested a Surfside Beach man for reportedly spray painting two police cars and the police station building.
Police say the incident occurred in the early morning hours of March 3 when a suspect spray painted graffiti onto the side of the SBPD building and two squad cars parked in the public lot.
SBPD arrested Daniel Richard Krantz, 21, on Saturday and charged him with two counts of malicious damage to personal property and one count of malicious damage to real property.
SBPD Chief of Police Mike Frederick described the damage as "easily repaired," but indicated that the case was assigned for investigation due to the nature of the incident.
"Our criminal intelligence officer had picked up some information on the group we thought was responsible," Frederick said, "and the graffiti appeared to reference street gang activity. Since we had suspects and a gang nexus, we felt like it should be checked out."
Investigators were in the process of digitally enhancing the security video from SBPD cameras in the parking area, and had questioned several suspects over the past week. Just past 5 p.m. Saturday, Krantz walked into the police department and confessed, indicating that he realized that several of his associates had been questioned and he felt he would eventually be caught anyway.
Frederick added that during a thorough debrief by investigators, Krantz detailed the gang-related nature of the graffiti, although officials do not now believe that Krantz or the incident is related to any actual street gang activity.
Krantz blamed the incident on his continuous use of synthetic marijuana. He has been released on bond.