Pittsburgh Police officers from Zone Two responded to reports that two males were spray painting a structure at 3340 Liberty Avenue, the Iron City Brewing Company building, at 5:15 p.m. on August 17.
When officers arrived on scene at the back of the building, they came across two males facing the wall with a spray paint can at the foot of one of the suspects.
There was also a gallon bucket of light blue paint, a paint roller with light blue paint on it, and a white plastic bag full of spray paint cans right next to a fresh graffiti tag on the wall.
When officers approached the males they noticed both had a large amount of light blue paint on their hands. When asked, they told the officers they found the paint.
The two males were detained at the scene. When searched, each had more graffiti paraphernalia on his person.
As officers tried to locate the building's owner, they discovered a third male hiding in the bushes. He told officers he was just sleeping, but he also had light blue paint on his hands, as well as a metal edging tool on his person.
He was also detained.
The building's owner expressed that he would like to file charges.
Luke Montes, 29, of Providence, RI, Jesse Keating, 29, of Hardwick, NJ, and Kevin Mullane, 25, of Philadelphia, PA have each been charged with Criminal Mischief and Possessing Instruments of Crime.
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