Cops say they’ve nabbed South Beach graffiti menace whose tag is ‘GOAL’

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Maybe he’s just enthusiastic about the World Cup.

A 33-year-old graffiti menace sprayed his tag, “GOAL,” on a third-floor wall of a building on Canal Street in Stapleton, police allege.

He even went as far as recording his handiwork during a six-minute clip posted to YouTube in March, which shows him scaling a ladder to spray paint the wall, a law enforcement source said.

Officers discovered the video, and Joseph Pepitone, of the 300 block of Capodanno Boulevard in South Beach, was arrested on Wednesday after a car stop at Bay Street and School Road.

The YouTube video shows two men using the side of 56 Canal St. — just a few feet away from the elevated Staten Island Railway tracks — as a graffiti canvas. Authorities said Pepitone spray painted the exterior over a period extending from March 1 through June 1.

“Do your ‘A’ and your ‘L’ in one move, yo,” an off-camera voice advises at one point early in the video. Once the piece is done, it’s visible to any commuter looking out the window of a passing train car.

One woman, who identified herself as the owner of a neighboring building, said she constantly hears the footsteps of teens and other delinquents who use the tracks to get on her roof. That’s likely how the graffiti vandals got access to the building they’re seen spraying in the video.

“All the time, you know how many times they broke my window?” said the woman, who spoke on condition her name not be used. “I don’t like them trespassing on my building, on my roof, cracking the roof.”

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She said she’s been working with a lawyer to get the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to put up some kind of barrier between the tracks and her roof.

Pepitone was charged with making graffiti and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, according to a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan’s office.


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