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Man charged with 31 counts of criminal mischief for graffiti in Jefferson Township

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A 20-year-old Oak Ridge man is facing 31 charges after spray painting multiple areas in Jefferson Township.

On December 8, 2021, police responded to Abenaki Trail in the Oak Ridge section of Jefferson Township for the report of graffiti spray painted on the roadway, Jefferson Township Police Captain Robert Bush said.

“At the time, what was perceived to be an isolated incident, became a very lengthy and thorough investigation by the Jefferson Twp. Police Department’s Detective Bureau and Patrol Division,” Bush said.

At the end of the investigation, police documented 31 incidents in which graffiti was spray painted on several businesses, road signs, roadways, and private property were found, including the marquee sign in front of the Jefferson Twp. High School, Bush said.

Authorities were able to develop enough probable cause to charge Shjon Peterson with 31 counts of criminal mischief. He was then released pending a court appearance, Bush said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Jefferson Township Police Detective Sergeant James Stokes at 973-208-6152.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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