"Sentry" Vandal Suspect Arrested
Eureka PD - Since at least December 2011, various property owners and businesses in the City of Eureka have suffered numerous, on-going acts of graffiti vandalism, also known as “tagging,” by suspect(s) using the moniker “SENTRY.” It is estimated the individual acts of vandalism committed by “SENTRY” during this period number in excess of 100 resulting in dozens of victims and a combined thousands of dollars in damages.
Over the past two weeks, the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) began an investigation targeting the vandal or vandals responsible for this graffiti. On the morning of May 24th, 2011, POP detectives served a search warrant at an apartment building on the 2300 block of Union Street. The warrant was based in part on information POP received from a concerned “tipster,” along with other evidence developed during the investigation.
Upon entering the apartment, detectives encountered three residents, including 23-year-old Casey Bushell of Eureka. Bushell was initially uncooperative and resisted detectives’ attempts to detain him. He was handcuffed and taken into custody after a short struggle.
During a subsequent search of the apartment and a related vehicle, detectives located evidence linking Bushell and possibly others to the SENTRY graffiti vandalisms. A fourth suspect named in the warrant was later contacted and interviewed outside a residence on Cousins Street.
The investigation is still continuing and additional arrests may follow. Anyone with information concerning this case is encouraged to call the Eureka Police Department’s POP Unit at (707) 441-4373, or the Department’s front counter at 441-4060.