SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland Police say information they received after offering reward money helped them track down the person responsible for painting that graffiti on the I-295 sound barrier.
They have now charged a 25-year old man from Scarborough with vandalism. That graffiti was first discovered back in December. It spells out the word BRO in large dark letters. Police say vandalism and graffiti are some of the toughest cases to crack. They often happen late at night with no witnesses. A few months ago a person in the community approached police offering 5-thousand dollars that could be used as a reward for information that helps them solve the case. Using information that came from that they tracked down 25-year old William O'Brien at his parents house in Scarborough and charged him with vandalism.
"Had there not been the incentive of money, this well could have been a still unsolved case", said South Portland Chief Ed Googins.
Police executed a search warrant at O'Brien's home where they say they found a notebook with the B-R-O initials in it. They say O'Brien admitted painting the graffiti on the barrier. He is due in court May 21st.