Medford police released this photograph of graffiti attributed to Kevin Ammerman.

Police: Teen's vandalism exceeds $50,000 worth of damages

A Medford teen in Jackson County Jail suspected in numerous graffiti reports around the city is said to have caused at least $50,000 worth of damage.

Police from the Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement task force served a search warrant on Kevin Ammerman, 19, of the 200 block of Mt. Echo Drive, Tuesday, after a long investigation of reported graffiti. The investigation began in June 2011 and found hundreds of instances of the graffiti, or "tags," in White City and Medford. Frequent areas allegedly targeted by Ammerman include the Bear Creek Greenway and numerous businesses in White City and Medford.

The tags included consistent uses of "1 x 1" "DFA" "SKROW" "FTP" and "WW III."

The "1 x 1" symbol is a testament to a small gang in the Eagle Point and White City area, police said, but not one that is posing any serious threat to the community beyond acts of vandalism.

"(They're) doing a lot of graffiti and not a whole lot else," said Lt. Brett Johnson of MADGE. "It's really turned into a tagging team."

Police said Ammerman used to be part of the group before moving to Medford and continuing to tag on his own.

"DFA" stands for "down for anything" while "FTP" is an obscenity directed at police, while "SKROW" is Ammerman's moniker. "WW III" appears to have no significant meaning, police said.

The investigation led police to Ammerman's home, where they seized photos, drawings and other evidence. He was lodged in jail on five counts of first-degree criminal mischief, a felony. He is held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

"He's really wreaked havoc here in Medford," Johnson said.

A 17-year-old girl also was cited and released on similar charges. Additional charges are pending, and the investigation is ongoing. Additional suspects could be identified at some point, investigators said.

Ammerman does not have any criminal history as an adult, court records show.

— Ryan Pfeil

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