Suspect charged in ongoing Holland graffiti investigation

Posted at 5:42 PM, May 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-13 17:42:51-04

HOLLAND – Detectives with the Holland Department of Public Safety have arrested a 30-year-old suspect who’s tied to an ongoing investigation into dozens of graffiti incidents in the city.

William VanEyck was arrested Tuesday at his home without incident.  He’s charged with Malicious Destruction of Property for a recent incident in the 200 block of W. 17th Street.  He’s being held on $10,000 bond Wednesday.

Detectives say additional charges may be authorized for VanEyck based on the results of the ongoing investigation.

Detectives say they’re still investigating more than 70 graffiti incidents that have occurred since December 2014.  Many of the incidents involved anti-police messaging according to investigators.

See map of the incidents reported by clicking here.

Detectives are still seeking tips from the public to help identify other suspects that may have been involved in past incidents since December.

In January, detectives announced a $5,000 reward as an incentive to solve more than 50 tagging incidents in the city that are believed to be related.  Those 50 incidents were said to have happened between December 2 and January 8.

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Surveillance image released January 8 by Holland Department of Public Safety

Churches, businesses, schools, government buildings and private residences were all damaged by spray paint.

In January, detectives said they believe the suspects seen in surveillance were coming and going in a vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Weiss at 355-1702 or email tips to

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may also contact Silent Observer at 1-877-887-4536.