Graffiti Artist Charged With Vandalizing Banksy’s Vandal Art

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An artist who defaced several works of famed graffiti artist Banksy has been charged with the crime of vandalism — which is pretty incredible since Banksy’s collection is itself an act of vandalism.

David William Noll has been charged with FELONY vandalism.  According to the criminal complaint — obtained by TMZ — Noll defaced 2 of Banksy’s most famous works — Girl on Swing and Peeing Dog.

The L.A. County D.A. filed FOUR separate vandalism charges, because Noll allegedly defaced both works and 5 days later went back and used paint remover on the walls. Max penalty — 5 years in prison.

Noll could end up on L.A.’s stupidest criminals list … because he recorded himself painting over Banksy’s art, and then posted it on YouTube.  The LAPD got a search warrant to get his info from YouTube, and then nabbed the 35-year-old at his mom’s house in Modesto.

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We asked the D.A. why they didn’t also charge Banksy, since he too was a vandal … and a bragger at that.

The D.A. says the only way they will prosecute for vandalism is if the property owner complains — and Banksy got lucky … no one complained about his art … but they definitely weren’t into Noll’s handiwork.

According to the LAPD police report … the company that owns the Girl On Swing building — a jeweler called Tarina Tarantino — believes Banksy’s work increased the value of the property by $650,000. 

The take away — if you break the law, you better be real famous.

Article source: http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/02/banksy-david-william-noll-ricardo-cabeza-arrested/

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