Tagger sentenced to one year for violating graffiti probation

Tagger sentenced to one year for violating graffiti probation
Isaiah Joel Schwebke

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland tagger was sentenced to one year in jail on Friday for violating his graffiti-related probation, police said.

Isaiah Joel Schwebke, 33, was placed on probation in 2009 after a tagging-related conviction. That’s when Schwebke began targeting locations outside Portland for graffiti, according to police.

Police said Schwebke first caught their attention in 1996, when he habitually used a personal moniker in graffiti on private properties in Wilsonville and Tigard.

Schwebke has also been linked to graffiti in California, Washington, Georgia and Alaska.

His sentence includes one year in jail, extended probation and $2,300 in restitution.

Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said when officers talk with people at community meetings, graffiti is consistently one of the top complaints. He said graffiti is not a victimless crime because cleaning it up can cost a lot of money.