SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Surfside Beach police officers arrested a man Sunday after they say he spray painted graffiti on the side of the Surfside Beach Police Department and on two squad cars.
After a two-week investigation, police charged 21-year-old Daniel Richard Krantz with three counts of malicious damage to property. The charges stemmed from an incident which occurred in the early morning hours of March 3.
Krantz, of Surfside Beach, appeared before a municipal judge Sunday morning and was released on bond.
Surfside Beach Police Chief Mike Frederick described the damage as "easily repaired," but indicated that the case was assigned for investigation due to the nature of the incident.
"Our criminal intelligence officer had picked up some information on the group we thought was responsible," Frederick said. "The graffiti appeared to reference street gang activity. Since we had suspects and a gang nexus, we felt like it should be checked out."
Investigators were in the process of digitally enhancing the security video from SBPD cameras in the parking area, and had questioned several suspects over the past week. Around 5 p.m. Sunday, Krantz walked into the police department and confessed, indicating that he realized that several of his associates had been questioned and he felt that his capture was imminent.
Frederick added that during a thorough debrief by investigators Krantz detailed the gang-related nature of the graffiti, although officials do not now believe that Krantz or the incident is related to any actual street gang activity. Krantz blamed the incident on his protracted use of synthetic marijuana.