FARMINGTON -- Art may have been his passion, but a 21-year-old man entered guilty pleas to charges related to graffiti.
Matthew Todakonzie, in 2nd District Court on Tuesday morning, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree felony graffiti violation, one count of class A misdemeanor graffiti violation and one count of class B misdemeanor criminal mischief.
A sentencing hearing is set for Sept. 24.
He was originally charged with 18 counts of graffiti violation: two third-degree felonies, one class A misdemeanor and 15 class B misdemeanors.
He was arrested in May following an investigation that lasted several months.
Police said North Salt Lake had "a huge influx of graffiti (in February), mostly on the west side in the Foxboro area."
Businesses and semitrailers were getting painted almost daily, police said.
Detectives worked with Neighborhood Watch groups, and soon it became apparent the graffiti was produced by the same person, police said.
Then, through some posts on the Internet, police narrowed the suspect down to Todakonzie. They served a search warrant on him at his home in North Salt Lake.
Todakonzie is not a gang member but considers his graffiti art, police said.
Police found all types of paints and Sharpies at Todakonzie's home.
Todakonzie also admitted to police to doing the graffiti and took police to other areas he had painted.