Parksville-area graffiti tagger arrested by RCMP

Existing court conditions required that suspect not be in possession of graffiti-making material

A prolific Parksville Qualicum Beach graffiti tagger was nabbed by police again for allegedly defacing a sign at a restaurant in Parksville.

On Sept. 19 at 7:20 p.m., a plainclothes member of the Oceanside RCMP reportedly caught a tagger in action and apprehended him.

Tyler John McKinstry, 24, was arrested for mischief as well as breaching his court imposed conditions, which included not being in possession of any material suitable for producing graffiti.

RELATED: Police tag prolific Parksville graffiti artist

The conditions stemmed from a prior arrest after McKinstry was linked to spray painting and leaving his tag on property all over the Parksville Qualicum Beach area.

He was caught March 12 for allegedly posting his tag “RONES” on private property in the area. He was apprehended again for another tagging incident on April 11 at a French Creek Church.

McKinstry makes his next appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Oct. 2.

“Tagging costs the tax payers thousands of dollars and makes our surroundings unsightly,” said Oceanside RCMP Staff Sgt. Marc Pelletier. “It’s important that we identify those responsible and hold them to account.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

City of Nanaimo reports on its salaries, expenses and payments

Municipality files statement of financial information with B.C. government

City of Nanaimo challenges families to Instagram their park explorations

ParkIt challenge set up to offer prizes to cap off days at the park

Nanaimo RCMP want speeding motorists to ‘slow the blazes down’

Police raise alarm after seeing 400-per cent rise in excessive speeding tickets last month

Top central Vancouver Island health official retires

Island Health says Dr. Paul Hasselback’s replacement to be named shortly

17-year-old girl from Nanaimo reported missing

RCMP asking for help finding Trisha Harry

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

B.C. ports part of data integration project to protect marine ecosystems

The $1.2 M federally funded program will draw crucial baseline data from Canada’s three coastlines

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

World’s biggest Nanaimo bar confirmed, but it’s not in Nanaimo

Two Ontario children set the bar high with successful biggest Nanaimo bar world record attempt

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

Most Read