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Port Chester Vandalism: Man Charged with Smashing Glass Door, Wave of Graffiti

21-year-old Port Chester resident arrested after damage at Panera Bread.

A 21-year-old Port Chester man has been arrested in connection with a wave of vandalism that included smashing the glass door of a business and spreading graffiti, according to Port Chester Police.

Felex Zavala of 45 Traverse Ave. was charged after a 10:28 p.m. incident on Wednesday at the Panera Bread shop on Westchester Avenue. He was then linked to a series of graffiti incidents that hit buildings on Irving Avenue and Purday Avenue.

Police said a village officer on patrol Wednesday night was flagged down by a Panera Bread employee, who reported that someone had just smashed a glass door to the store. The officer spotted a group of men running down Traverse Avenue, including Zavala.

Zavala, police said, was stopped by the village officer in the nearby parking lot for the Marshalls store. Zavala was found with bloody knuckles on his right hand.

Police said Zavala is accused of repeadly smashing against the front door of Panera Bread until the glass broke. He was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and damage to the door was estimated at $950.

After his arrest, police also charged him with making graffiti. Police said Zavala was spotted on security videos as he made graffiti on commercil buildings in the village, including 148, 155 and 168 Irving Avenue and 80 Purdy Avenue.

Police said Zavala is responsible for spraypainting large bubble letters of the graffiti tag "DESO."

Zavala faces a hearing in Port Chester Village Court.

Aidan December 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Let him work @ Panera for a year ... for free. He'll learn lots of good lessons about life.
JCCOYOTE December 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Stupid is,is what stupid does. A good job to the PCPD
Craig Noor December 15, 2012 at 06:49 PM
If he happens to read this - hey you should learn something about the ownership of private property- one day you might want to - do you think you will appreciate it if someone puts their tag all over your stuff? will you leave it up? will you think, wow, that's cool, I have a "deso" tag on my property ... think it through!

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