Graffiti suspect turned in by mom, who could collect $5K

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — Hours after city officials posted a $5,000 reward to find the culprit who spray-painted graphic messages on buildings in the renovated downtown district, a woman called to turn her son in.

“She knew who did it. It was her son,” said Crossville Police Major Mark Rosser. “She was willing to bring him up there. He had admitted to her and he was depressed about being alone on his birthday and told her to look downtown.”

The woman brought her 23-year-old son in for questioning. Police said he admitted to tagging several buildings, including a Tennessee Highway Patrol post.

If the suspect, Matthew James Savage, is convicted, he faces a maximum of 11 months, 29 days in jail. He is awaiting a court date.

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