Three men allegedly caught covering alley walls with graffiti in Palm Desert have been linked to a series of vandalism crimes, authorities said Saturday.
Palm Desert residents Canyon Creamer, 22, and Anthony Wilson Tyers, 18, along with Matthew James Chronister, 20, of Garden Grove, are suspected in 17 vandalism episodes at area businesses.
Chronister and Tyers were booked on a single count each of suspicion of committing more than $400 in vandalism; they were both released on bond for $500 bail and ordered back to court Dec. 12.
There was no record of Creamer on the sheriff's jail website.
The three were arrested about 10:30 p.m. Friday in an alley near Highway 111 and San Pablo Avenue, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Patrick Carroll.
Investigators found evidence of graffiti on the walls nearby and in the men's possessions, the sergeant said.
Authorities were tallying up the cost in damage done to the area businesses, the sergeant said.