During the early morning hours of July 21, 2016, vandals spray painted graffiti on the City of Thousand Oaks sign located north of the 101 freeway near the Westlake Boulevard off-ramp. The graffiti consisted of the letters “WUC” and covered the entire sign, which is approximately 10 feet tall and 40 feet wide. Nationally, vandalism causes more than $12 billion in damage each year.
Investigators with the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of allied agencies, immediately began an extensive investigation into who committed this crime. The Special Enforcement Unit and the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Intelligence Unit quickly uncovered evidence that “WUC” has two possible meanings: “Wreckin’ Ur City” and “Wake Up Crew.” Investigators identified Nicolas Yescas as a suspect in the crime.
On Friday, July 29, 2016 at 8 a.m., officers from the City of Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Special Enforcement and Directed Enforcement Units served a search warrant at Yescas’ residence 35000 block of 43rd Street East in Palmdale. Evidence connecting Yescas to the vandalism was located and he was arrested for Felony Vandalism. Yescas, 24, was booked into the Ventura County Jail pending arraignment on August 2, 2016. His bail was set at $10,000.