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Police catch graffiti-villain of Vienna

A graffiti sprayer, named "Puber" has been one of the main "villains" of Vienna for almost a year. He has filled almost the half of the city with his drawings.  Now, a suspect, alleged to be the notorious sprayer himself is in the police custody of Vienna and may face up to five years in prison.

"Puber"’s drawings started to show up around Vienna during the last summer, but police failed to catch him despite trying several times. The sprayer, who left his mark mostly around the 7th district, was hated by every resident of Vienna. Even the other sprayers wanted to do nothing with him, because he was aggressive, unpredictable and almost always tried to pick up a fight with them. He never even followed the rules of "graffiti-art", especially the one that says not to spray over the work of other sprayers.

Thomas Blimlinger, district director of Neubau, had publicly condemned the actions of the sprayer, after he left his mark on a kindergarten. A few days later a sign of the district director was vandalised. Even an open letter by the former city councillor and a columnist at the "Presse" newspaper, Kurt Scholz, published an article about 'Puber' titled "I despise you".

Now the police seems to have caught him. On Thursday, the police arrested a suspect in the 15th district after an anonymous tip. When the police arrived to the apartment where 'Puber' was supposed to be, they found only the roommate of the sprayer.

A little later the police found him on the porch of the house, where he had been hiding. Shortly after the police recovered sketches, a computer, a diary and of course spray utensils, which were hidden in the fireplace in the house.

The suspect, who is now detained, is a 30 year old man with a Swiss passport. As his roommate reported, 'Puber' tried to stop in the last months, but was provoked to continue by the press, when his ego was hurt.

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