After police arrested four men on vandalism charges earlier this week, they are broadening their investigation to determine the extent of the suspects’ crimes.
Police believe the men may be responsible for numerous spray paint “taggings” involving the letters “SG” on buildings, bridges and other objects throughout west Nashville and possibly other areas of town.
Because one of the suspects lives just a few blocks from River Fork Drive in Bellevue where some 30 tires were slashed on residents’ vehicles overnight on July 27, police are also looking into the suspects’ possible connection to those crimes.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 2, police said they found Dillon Lee Vaughn, 18, of River Ridge Drive, tagging a column with spray paint while three others waited in a Ford Explorer nearby.
After searching the vehicle, police discovered 44 cans of spray paint, a loaded .38 caliber pistol, a gorilla mask and about 6 grams of marijuana. They arrested Donald Wayne Vaughn, 20, of Paris, Tenn., for vandalism, drug possession and unlawful weapon possession.
Ellis Worstall, 19, of Elkins Avenue, and Nicholas Cate, 18, of Sugartree Road were issued misdemeanor citations for vandalism and unlawful weapon possession.