‘TC’ tagging crew member sentenced

A member of the “TC” tagging crew, which had been vandalizing San Mateo for 18 months in competition with a rival group, was sentenced to four months in county jail Thursday.

Edmond Bortolussi, 19, with no recent address, will also have to pay roughly $15,000 to $20,000 for the damage. He was ordered three years of supervised probation and to complete a drug or alcohol treatment program, San Mateo County Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti said. He was charged with felony vandalism.

Bortolussi was arrested Jan. 29 with two other alleged TC members after residents saw the trio spray painting The Futon Shop on El Camino Real near 17th Avenue in San Mateo. Police then found nearby TC spray point on a garage door, trucks, a fence, a garage, road signs and power boxes.

Adam Meade, 18, of Foster City, and a 17-year-old man were also arrested and will appear in court later this month. Meade was released on $10,000 bail, and the boy was released to his parents.

Bortolussi was found with spray paint on his hands and later admitted to tagging numerous locations throughout the city, Guidotti said. He later was remorseful and complied with police, she said.

“Gang members causing graffiti is not unusual, but it is unusual to find one person responsible for this much graffiti,” Guidotti said.

TC can stand for “toy crew” or “total control,” San Mateo police Lt. Mike Brunicardi said. They had competed in spray painting across the Peninsula with another group called “Dirty White Trash,” according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The group had also posted their work on the Internet, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

“They were one of the more reoccurring taggers,” Brunicardi said.

San Mateo police made graffiti arrests Feb. 26 and Feb. 27, including a couple of youths caught defacing signs and crossing out TC tags, Brunicardi said.

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