Eddie D. Garcia told officers he began his graffiti career with a spray-paint can.
But he apparently wanted to leave a more permanent mark.
So Garcia etched his tag, "SOAR," on windows across the Southwest Side -- using acid, according to Chicago Police.
Garcia, 23, was arrested earlier this week and charged with felony damage to property.
"Some artists move from paint to sculpture," said Cmdr. John Kupczyk of the Chicago Lawn District. "But he said he started out in paint and moved to acid."
Garcia, a full-time student at Richard J. Daley College, was caught in an early morning stakeout in the 3700 block of West 63rd with a sponge-tipped marker filled with hydrofluoric acid and a cell phone containing photos of his handiwork, Kupczyk said.
Police searched his home in the 5800 block of South Rockwell and found spray-paint cans, a bottle of acid and sketch books of his graffiti, according to court records.
Garcia gave a statement implicating himself in the crimes, authorities say.
from the Sun-Times