A sheriff's department helicopter was used as a graffiti-fighting tool Wednesday.


On May 12, shortly after 3 p.m., an employee of the city of Hesperia's graffiti-abatement staff contacted the Hesperia station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, reporting a tagging in progress near the intersection of Bear Valley Road and Hesperia Road.


According to the department, Deputy Dave Herbert was spotted upon arrival at the location by four young men, who then took off running in different directions.


One of the department's helicopters was called in to conduct a search, and the suspects were reportedly spotted in a location on the 17400 block of Sequoia Street.


The four were arrested on charges of conspiracy and graffiti in excess of $5,000 in damage. Those arrested included a 16-year-old male juvenile from Pomona, Arturo Arellano, 19, of Hesperia, Jesse David Cardenas, 18, of Hesperia, and Raymond Richard Cardenas, 20, of Arizona. The witness positively identified the suspects, according to the department.


The juvenile was booked at Apple Valley Detention Center. The three other suspects were booked at Victor Valley Jail.


Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Hesperia station at 760-947-1500 or WeTip at 800-78-CRIME.


The city of Hesperia has a dedicated graffiti hotline at 760-947-1600. Residents are asked to leave a message and the city will get back in touch to coordinate a clean up.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.