Three Hampton Bays men were arrested Saturday and charged with graffiti-related crimes after one of them was caught "in the act" of defacing a bridge underpass, police said.
Cody McGovern, Christopher Eskesen and David Seifert, all 19, were arrested by Southampton Town police as part of a crackdown on graffiti-related offenses in the town.
As police said in a statement regarding the arrests: "Graffiti is a crime that has long-lasting negative impacts on the community and over the past few months an increase in 'tags' have caused Southampton Town residents to become alarmed." Police noted that the Detective Division found graffiti incidents have "plagued" the hamlets of Hampton Bays and East Quogue, adding the incidents are not being considered gang-related at this time.
Police said the latest arrests occurred after patrol officers saw McGovern defacing the Long Island Rail Road bridge underpass at the Southampton Pines development in East Quogue on Saturday.
He was charged with making graffiti, as well as two counts of possession of graffiti instruments, trespass and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.
Twelve cans of spray paint were recovered at the scene, police said.
It was not immediately clear if Eskesen and Seifert were also arrested at the scene.
But police said Eskesen faces one count of possession of graffiti instruments and trespass, as well a one count of making graffiti -- after being identified as the suspect responsible for defacement of the LIRR overpass in Tiana.
Seifert was charged with trespass, police said.
The investigation into other graffiti is continuing.