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Mook is caught..

Discussion in 'Third Rail' started by shameless self promotion, Nov 2, 2001.

  1. shameless self promotion

    shameless self promotion 12oz Legend

    Joined: Mar 7, 2001 Messages: 16,307 Likes Received: 114
    Here you are fellas hot off the press...depressing..
    'Mook' arrested at last, police say

    Friday, November 02, 2001

    By Timothy McNulty, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

    Pittsburgh police have finally arrested a man they believe is the daredevil graffiti writer Mook who for three years has taunted city officials by painting his name on bridges and underpasses.

    Police arrested ************, 18, on Halloween night outside the house where he lives with his grandmother on 15th Street on the South Side.

    The arrest ended months of cat-and-mouse games between Mook and city officials, in which the graffiti writer scaled heights, such as a tower on the 10th Street Bridge, to paint "Mook" where it was difficult for public works crews to clean it off.

    He often left teasing messages for the "Graffiti Busters" crews and last month took the taunts to another level when he etched his tag name with acid into the window of a Graffiti Busters truck. The prank infuriated city officials and spurred an investigation by police from the South Side station.

    On Oct. 16, after getting a search warrant, police searched Monack's room in the South Side home owned by his grandmother, Betty Schemonitz. Inside were bags of spray paint cans, newspaper articles about Mook, a Mook hat and a glass aquarium with Mook etched in the glass.

    Apparently none of those items were enough to arrest Monack on criminal mischief charges for graffiti-writing. But three railroad "no trespassing" signs, from Conrail and Union Pacific, were also in the room, and police judged them to be stolen property.

    A criminal complaint said Monack was supposed to turn himself in on the stolen property charges Oct. 19 but fled the area instead. Late Tuesday, police caught him in a car outside his grandmother's house, charged him with three counts of receiving stolen property and took him to Allegheny County Jail.

    City Magistrate Dan Butler set his bail at $1,575. A hearing on the charges was set for the morning of Nov. 8.

    At his arraignment yesterday, Monack said little and hunched over with his hands plunged into a black hooded sweatshirt. Asked by reporters how to pronounce his tag name, Monack first joked that they should refer to him merely as "the accused."

    He then said "Mook" is pronounced with a long "oo," as in the word "tool."

    Public Works Director Guy Costa said yesterday he hoped Monack would receive a stiff sentence, to send a message to other would-be graffiti writers.

    "He's been a real nuisance to us for a lot of years and cost us a lot of money," Costa said. "We're not going to tolerate this."

    Costa said some 75 Mook tags have been cleaned by city crews, at a cost of $15,000.

    Deputy Mayor Sal Sirabella said police are also poised to crack down on "VK" and "Jane," two other graffiti writers who have tagged city properties.

    -DO NOT POST PEOPLES NAMES! i dont care if they've been busted, dont post their names... edit that shit fool... -seeking
  2. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Guest


    fuck tyson... fuck OJ... FREE MOOK
  3. Boring Bastard

    Boring Bastard Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 1, 2001 Messages: 3,784 Likes Received: 1
    Free MOOKie the youngster!!!
  4. Remy Martin

    Remy Martin Guest

    that sucks but.....
    he shouldnt say anything...get a lawyer if possible and pay his measley bond to get the fuck out of jail.

    he could very well get off..i mean he was caught with suspicious writing.
    they have no proof hes guilty.
  5. CATS

    CATS Senior Member

    Joined: May 30, 2001 Messages: 1,600 Likes Received: 0
    Man with as much wreck as this cat caught its only a matter of time for they were on to his steez, someone probably sold his ass out. Fuck walmart for caring.
  6. 23578

    23578 Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 2, 2000 Messages: 2,521 Likes Received: 0
    yeah, 15000 for 75 tags? with a three person crew @45 minutes-1hour per throw-up @15 bucks an hour, and a can of paint costing 10 per every two throw ups, and gas & vehicular maintinance at a hundred bucks per hour on the road, 30 minutes being allotted for each, we're not going to charge him for the truck are we, a new windsheild at 500 bucks. . .3375+375+3750+500=8000.

    i'm a geek. i guess they did charge him for the vehicle or about a fifth of a vehicle, that sucks, lookout kane, reke, ono, ale your the other 4 fifths, whoa, joking, joking guys.
  7. Sam Rothstein

    Sam Rothstein Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 14, 2000 Messages: 1,042 Likes Received: 0
    He should have told the reporters his name was pronounced "My-Cul" as in Michael and that he was not the kid who wrote "Mook". Stealing three signs does not make you "Mook", so he could have easily gotten off. After telling reporters he was "Mook" he didn't really help his case. Kids are stupid these days.
  8. Fox Mulder

    Fox Mulder 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Nov 23, 2000 Messages: 12,434 Likes Received: 86

    some of the bridge spots he hit i'm sure are gonna factor into that. they could have used a sandblaster on some of it. dunno if that would make it more expensive or not. but i'm actually surprised it isn't more than that.plus i bet they had to get a detective or there or something to file police reports or something.
  9. Eastcoast Killa

    Eastcoast Killa New Jack

    Joined: Sep 2, 2001 Messages: 93 Likes Received: 1
    im surprised so many people know of Mook's exploits...are all you from the pittsburgh area? or is he bigger than i thought. yea hopefuly he doesnt slip and say something, he could be facing bad shit just cuz the city hasn't dealt with something like this before so everyones shittin bricks...

    REGULATOR Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 6, 2001 Messages: 3,383 Likes Received: 0
    he practically told a reporter he wrote Mook, pretty stupid
  11. zero3

    zero3 Banned

    Joined: Oct 30, 2001 Messages: 94 Likes Received: 0
    thats horrible...i go to pitt often and see his shit everywhere...he definately had the city on lock in damage

    CRUSH KILL DESTROY Veteran Member

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  13. mud_buddha

    mud_buddha Senior Member

    Joined: Mar 29, 2001 Messages: 2,197 Likes Received: 0
    I only know about him because there were just two big MOOK threads in the Bench. By the way, for his own damn good, that kid should learn to keep his mouth shut. Telling reporters how to pronounce MOOK is pretty stupid. I know how I'd answer that question, "no comment, and get that camera out of my face."
  14. backcountrywriter

    backcountrywriter Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2001 Messages: 317 Likes Received: 2
    That sucks i just heard of mook about a week ago..a real inspiration..free mook
  15. 23578

    23578 Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 2, 2000 Messages: 2,521 Likes Received: 0
    i'm pretty sure 15000 is low compared to other cities, but aren't they supposed to paint the bridges in pitt new colors anyway, or is that not happening anymore? the highway stuff could probably be done with rollers from above. . .why sandblast, maybe i'm wrong, but since when has buff paint been considered an eyesore, shit, i've seen shit that has never been graffed and is buffed to hell anyhow. plus, it was on the cover of the paper who's going to forget that, if you want to make an example of someone i say let some of his shit run so people can be like:

    people- that guy mook over there, i haven't seen much of his shit in a while, what happened to him?

    scared ex writer- he was arrested in his grandma's house and charged with 15000 in damages, i used to do that, wanto see my blackbook, yadda, yadda, yadda. . .

    i'm ramblng.