October 7, 2013 —
A reputed member of the Latin Kings street gang, who was arrested in June for Burglary, has been arrested again for Felony criminal mischief.
Michael Galicia, 19, of Harris was caught in the act, June 12, 2013, of burglarizing a garage where antiques were stored in the Town of Liberty.
He was out of jail on “pre-trial release” when he was arrested again, on September 26. Galicia and a 15 year old relative allegedly spray painted graffiti on the Ferndale Medical Arts Center and Handsome Freddies Apartments in the Town of Liberty causing several thousand dollars in damage.
Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the damage by a business owner and conducted a series of neighborhood interviews. “Deputy Richard Morgan eventually developed information that led to Galicia”, said Sheriff Mike Schiff. “He was able to recover the spray cans and obtain a confession from the suspect”.
Deputies are concerned that Galicia may have involved other younger neighborhood children in his activities. The Sheriff’s Office has passed the information on to the school resource officer in Liberty where similar graffiti has appeared recently.
Galicia was charged with Felony Criminal Mischief and the Misdemeanor of Endangering the Welfare of a minor. His pretrial release was revoked and he was remanded to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $2500 bail. Galicia’s 15 year old relative, who was involved, was referred to family court. The 15-year-old juvenile’s name is being withheld by the Sheriff’s Office.