Lewes: Two charged in graffiti spray-painting spree

LEWES – Two persons were arrested Monday following Delaware State Police investigation of a graffiti spray-painting spree on school busses and other property in the Lewes area.

Zachary J. Baughman

Steven T. Swain

Zachary J. Baughman, 19, of Lincoln and Steven T. Swain, 22, of Harrington were arrested Oct. 16. Both were charged five counts of graffiti and five counts of conspiracy third degree.  They were arraigned and released on $10,000 unsecured bond, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Investigation began Monday Oct. 16 around 5:40 a.m. when an employee arrived at the bus lot adjacent to the Cape Henlopen High School to unlock the buses. The employee noticed profane and racial slurs spray painted in black alongside of two of the buses.

Troopers received additional calls about similar incidents. State police responded to an area behind Midway Movie Theater where a forklift and mobile office trailer had been vandalized with spray paint.

In addition, five vehicles at Boulevard Ford on Coastal Highway had been sprayed with paint along with a private vehicle in Heritage Village on Bethpage Drive, Cpl. Fournier said.

Through surveillance images of a white Buick passenger car obtained in the investigation, troopers determined Zachary Baughman was involved with the incidents after verifying a traffic stop had been conducted by Lewes Police Department around 1:50 a.m. October 16.  A passenger at the time of the stop was identified as Steven T. Swain, who was also linked to the crimes.

Troopers contacted both suspects at their residences. They turned themselves into Troop 7 Monday evening, Cpl. Fournier said.

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