Posted: Oct 6, 2013 3:42 PM by MTN News - Kalispell
KALISPELL - A pair of teens are facing felony charges after police say they have connected them to a recent spate of graffiti in the Kalispell area.
Kalispell Police say that the two 17-year-old's, Reilly Stephenson and Brandon Hegstad were spotted spray painting a power box with graffiti near Meridian and Three Mile Drive early Saturday by an off-duty Flathead County deputy.
Kalispell Police were called to the scene and three people - including a girl - were taken into custody, and then questioned about the recent vandalism cases that have been seen around town.
Kalispell Chief of Police, Roger Nasset says that Stephenson and Hegstad are responsible for the recent vandalism to the school district's fleet of busses and have been linked to the "TREE" and "SKOIP" graffiti that has been seen throughout Kalispell.
Stephenson and Hegstad have also been linked to vandalizing/tagging the Bypass tunnel and sound wall near Sunnyside Drive/ South Meadows area, and the tunnel on U.S. Highway 93 near Flathead Valley Community College, according to a news release.
Numerous other locations have been vandalized around Kalispell with the estimated number of "Tags" attributed to these two individuals being in the hundreds.
Police are asking anyone who has had property "tagged" with "TREE" or "SKOIP" and have not reported it, to contact the Kalispell Police Department.
Stephenson and Hegstad are both being charged with Felony Criminal Mischief and underage possession of tobacco.
Stephenson is a resident of Kalispell while Hegstad is a Flathead County resident.
The 16-year-old female was released without charges at this time.