An elusive, prolific “tagger” vandal was taken into custody recently by Tacoma police across the street from my home (Police Beat, 4-5). We all emitted a collective hurrah in our area only to be disappointed upon learning that he was released to his parents the following day.
This public nuisance had been marring buildings and structures for months with his handle “Drems” or “Dremr.” I can only guess this is his clever, lofty take on being a dreamer with dreams of celebrity. Or perhaps he never learned to spell. His handiwork can be seen in all regions of Tacoma - on Sixth Avenue, the Dome District and even as far as Federal Way.
The sad part of this story is that most likely there will only be a minor fine and end of story, unless he starts afresh with a new moniker. My hope is his parents will closer monitor his late-night comings and goings, but that is doubtful.
As a message to his followers, our juvenile court needs to come up with some stricter sentencing, preferably in the form of mandatory removal of this municipal mess. Young emulators need to know that the price tag will be painful if caught damaging public property. I for one and really tired of the trashy appearance of this blight, making us look less like a first-class city.