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Prolific graffiti artist arrested in San Jose

Spray painted cats have cropped up in various locations throughout San Jose.
Spray painted cats have cropped up in various locations throughout San Jose.
San Jose Police Department

San Jose police have arrested a prolific graffiti artist known for his spray-painted cartoons that resemble Felix the Cat.

According to authorities, officers from the department’s Graffiti Enforcement Unit arrested 29-year-old Robert Saddik who was wanted in connection with multiple counts of graffiti throughout the city.

Friday’s arrest was the culmination of a weeks long investigation into the crimes that led police to identify Saddik as their suspect. Police served a search warrant on Saddik’s Costa Mesa Drive home and arrested him for allegedly causing more than $30,000 in damage in and around San Jose.

Police say Saddik is best known for his “signature graffiti piece,” which consists of a cat resembling early 20th century cartoon Felix the Cat. The images can be seen spray painted on prominent locations, with a large portion of the damage occurring alongside local freeways, throughout San Jose.

Saddik was booked into Santa Clara County Jail.

Residents wishing to report graffiti in San Jose may call the city’s graffiti hotline at (408) 277-2758 or visit the San Jose Police Department’s website. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.

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