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.
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.