Man arrested in connection with vandalism at 4 Arlington churches

Church vandals

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Vandals tagged Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Arlington with Spanish-language graffiti on the weekend of October 12, 2013.

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Posted on October 15, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 4:52 PM

ARLINGTON -- Police arrested a suspect overnight Monday in connection with recent vandalism at Arlington churches and businesses.

Marcellino Tello, 37, was arrested outside a business in the 2200 block of Miller Rd. Officers went to the business because of a report of vandalism at that business that had not been reported, according to Sgt. Jeff Houston of the Arlington Police Dept.

Tello matched the description of the suspect from video surveillance at one of the vandalism locations, and police say based on the investigation and interviews they believe Tello is responsible for vandalism at at least four churches, including the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church as News 8 reported over the weekend.

Tello remains in the Arlington City Jail on four charges of graffiti at a place of worship and one count of criminal trespassing, with bail set at $6,750.

Detectives are working to determine how many churches or businesses were targeted.

Tello's mugshot is being withheld pending police lineups.

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