A tagger was recently caught in our neighborhood. 16. His punishment? 6 months probated for two years, a $1000 fine and he had to clean all his work, a total of around 150 pieces.
The fool posted his work on his website, with addresses.
And now school's out. We are expecting our picnic tables to be dragged off into the woods (where teens will smoke a little weed and drink Keystone Light), our pool to have various things thrown into it (furniture, rocks, the occasional turd) and more tagging.
Most of these kids aren't "poor unfortunates" but rather upper middle class who do it because it's kewl and gives them status points. And they get more points for getting busted.