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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to alleged graffiti vandal ‘Crooks’ after 2004 arrest?

Q: In the Dec. 23, 2004, issue of The Sacramento Bee, there was a story titled “Alleged tagger ‘Crooks’ taken into custody,” with a large color photograph of Jonathan Bushaw, the alleged tagger called “Crooks.” Bushaw was led out of his mother’s Vintage Park home by law enforcement officials. What happened to him?

Louise, Sacramento

A: Jonathan Richard Bushaw was charged with eight counts of felony vandalism following his arrest on Dec. 23, 2004.

Sacramento County sheriff’s officials said at the time that they believed the then 22-year-old Bushaw was “Crooks,” a prolific graffiti vandal who spray-painted his moniker on, among other things, Union Pacific rail cars. His tagging reportedly had resulted in at least $120,000 in damage.

According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, Bushaw pleaded no contest to two counts of felony vandalism and was sentenced in April 2005 to 150 days in a work furlough program and five years probation.

Law enforcement officers identified Bushaw as “Crooks” after his green Isuzu Rodeo allegedly was seen in August 2004 parked near the Roseville railyard, where eight rail cars were tagged with his moniker. Authorities discovered that he had been arrested on suspicion of graffiti vandalism in February 2001 for allegedly spray-painting the same moniker on the side of an El Camino Avenue business, and they found he was on probation for a misdemeanor burglary conviction.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.