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Police: Four teens arrested after spray-painting building

NORCROSS - A graffiti crew named after a popular, profane text-messaging expression have reportedly been caught purple-handed.

Four juvenile members of the WTF crew - an acronym meaning absolute exasperation - identified themselves as "taggers" to police investigating vehicle break-ins around the Norcross area Sunday.

The youngsters had just left their unsightly John Hancocks on a vacant building in the 4400 block of Shackleford Road, north of Beaver Ruin Road, police said. Police noted their paint-coated fingertips and backpacks full of rubber gloves and empty spray-paint cans as red flags of guilt.

Each was arrested and charged with felony criminal damage to property and violation of the Georgia Criminal Street Gang and Terrorism Prevention Act.

Identified only by their monikers - the crew ranged in age from 14 to 16, police said.

Officers with the Gwinnett police gang unit met with the suspects and their parents following the arrests. They were released to the custody of their parents that day, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said.

An investigation continues into other cases of graffiti along the Steve Reynolds Boulevard and Singleton Road corridors, police said.