MONTICELLO – A reputed member of the Latin Kings street gang, who was arrested for burglary in June, has been arrested again, this time for felony criminal mischief.
Michael Galicia, 19, of Harris, was caught on June 12 while burglarizing a garage where antiques were stored in the Town of Liberty. He was out of jail on ‘pre-trail release’ when he was arrested again, last Thursday, June 26.
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Galicia and a 15-year-old relative allegedly spray painted graffiti on the Ferndale Medical Arts Center and Handsome Freddies apartments in the Town of Liberty, causing several thousand dollars in damage.
Sullivan County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the damage by a business owner and conducted a series of neighborhood interviews.
Deputy Richard Morgan eventually developed information that led to Galicia, said Sheriff Michael Schiff, who said spray cans were recovered and a confession was secured from the suspect.
The sheriff’s office has passed the information on to the school resource officer in Liberty where similar graffiti has appeared recently.
Galicia was charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a minor.
His pre-trial release was revoked and he was remanded to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.
The 15-year-old, who was involved, was referred to Family Court.