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University of Fairbanks police say that they have nabbed the “Kronos” Graffiti artist after a lengthy investigation. The department has been looking for the identity of the “artist” since shortly after the school season began last fall.
The artist has been prolific and has approximately 40 images around the campus and elsewhere attributed to him. Cleanup of his artwork is estimated to cost up to $10,000.
Campus resident 22-year-old Lukas Larrabee Easton was arrested on Tuesday and charged with Felony Criminal Mischief III for his alleged misdeeds with a paint can. The felony charge is for intentionally doing more that $500 worth of damage to property.
Campus police began looking into the cases of graffiti in October of last year. During the investigation the department determined that the artist knew where security cameras were set up and so added other cameras to the campus where the “artist” was likely to hit.
Information from those cameras gave the department clues as to who they were looking for. Through camera footage, they were able to determine that the man they were looking for was around 6’4″ and left handed and possibly a firefighter. Through graffiti discovered at a local bar, they determined that he was age 21 or over. Further review of camera footage led campus police to Lathrop Hall.
An online search would pan out. Investigators found that Easton was the president of the student firefighters association during the fall of the year. Further investigations would show that Easton’s key card swipes at the dorm coincided with events that the police could verify through camera footage and a search warrant was applied for and granted.
When Easton’s dorm room was searched, cans of spray paint were discovered and linked to graffiti.
Easton was arrested on Tuesday and during his arrest neglected to let the officers know that he had a concealed 9mm Beretta. He was subsequently charged with Misconduct Involving a Weapon V.
Easton was arraigned on Wednesday afternoon and his bail was set at $1,500. His bail was promptly posted.