MPD 5th District Commander Andy Solberg announced this weekend on the 5th District Listserv major arrests of the “KGB Crew” / “Krazy Graf Brothers graffiti crew.
On Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, members of the Fifth District’s Vice Office made four arrests, and a fifth arrest was made by members of the Fourth District on a 5D warrant, of members associated with the “KGB Crew”. The KGB Crew, “Krazy Graf Brothers”, is a group of people we believe are responsible for “tagging” buildings, warehouses, shops and businesses, railroad tunnels, and even schools and houses of worship throughout the Fifth District and the city with their graffiti.
The 5D Vice Office also served three search warrants on locations related to this investigation, and these led to the recovery of one handgun, drugs and drug paraphernalia, and of course, dozens of cans of aerosol spray paint.
Among other “tags”, we believe the KGB Crew is responsible for such tags as “Che”, “Aera”, “KAE”, “Huf”, “Gator” and the related “G8R”, and other tags and graffiti. No doubt many of you have seen these tags across the 5D community.
As we move forward with prosecution, we want to get the community involved with putting an end to this.
With the assistance of DPW’s Graffiti Abatement Team, we ask that anyone who sees any graffiti anywhere in 5D call the Graffiti Abatement Team at 645-5392, and ask for their assistance with cleaning up the graffiti. You can also access information about DPW’s Litter and Graffiti Prevention program, which began in 2008, through their website at dpw.dc.gov. As the website states, “Graffiti tarnishes the appearance of our neighborhoods. Gang-related graffiti threaten violence or identify turf boundaries.”
Thank you for your assistance with this.
Folks riding the Red Line may recognize some of the KGB Crews tag. Also In 2009 some of the Mcmillan Sand Filtration Plant’s silos were vandalized and tagged including “KGB” and “Che”.