Salem Police report arresting a couple of guys who just might be responsible for all the stenciling of Patriot Front advertising on area walls around town - in particular downtown - in recent months.
One is a local man, the other was up from Meriden, CT, police say.
Police say that shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday, an officer responded to the commuter-rail station on Bridge Street on a report of somebody up to something:
As he pulled into the parking lot, he observed two individuals, masked and wearing hoods, engaging in what he believed to be “tagging” of public property. When they saw Officer Green stop his patrol car, they attempted to conceal items in a backpack and walk away.
The individuals were detained and found to have fresh paint on their hands and clothing. There was also fresh paint on the wall. The investigation resulted in the discovery of two cans of spray paint and two stencils.
The stencils included a link to the group's Web site, police say.
Kyle Morelli, 27, of Salem and Alex Beilman, 27, of Meriden, CT, were charged with vandalism and tagging, police say, adding that:
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be brought.