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Suspect Wanted To Show His 'Artistic Abilities' So He Broke Into A Tattoo Shop And Sprayed Ink, Causing $100K In Damage

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Source: Prescott police

Sep. 8 2022, Published 11:11 a.m. ET

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A man broke into an Arizona tattoo shop and caused about $100,000 in damages, police said.

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Around 9 a.m. on Sept. 6, police in Prescott, Arizona, responded to the Lion’s Den Tattoo Company for a reported burglary.

Investigators determined that around 1:45 a.m., a man entered the business. Once inside, he ransacked the business by breaking several items, spraying tattoo ink throughout the place and destroying supplies.

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Around the same time, police found a man nearby covered in what they believe was paint, authorities said. They were not aware of any crimes at that time, and he was released.

Investigators tied the two incidents together and then arrested the man still covered in tattoo ink. The suspect was identified as 38-year-old Dylan Wiederholt, police said.

He said he was traveling from California through Arizona when he was kicked off a Greyhound bus, police said. He said he hitchhiked his way to Prescott and had been there for two weeks.

Wiederholt told police he wanted to be an apprentice and show his artistic abilities.


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