December 12, 2018
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a local man after he allegedly spray-painted graffiti on vehicles and fences last night along High Cliff Road in Bay County. He also spray-painted a racial slur on the garage door of a home on the same road.
The BCSO received multiple complaints at about 5:30 am this morning when victims awoke to find the graffiti. Deputies arrived and noted there were also anti-law enforcement comments in the graffiti. A search of anyone living on or near High Cliff Road that had been arrested recently led investigators to the home of Sterling Klippenstein. Klippenstein had been involved in the investigation of a hit and run incident that resulted in an arrest.
When investigators went to Klippenstein’s home, he came out to talk with them with black and red spray paint on his hands. Those were the two colors of spray paint used to make the graffiti. Klippenstein was advised of his rights and placed under arrest. Klippenstein stated he had been drinking the night before and spray-painted the vehicles, home, and fences. He took BCSO investigators to where he had hidden the spray paint cans. He was charged with six counts of Felony Criminal Mischief and three misdemeanor counts of Criminal Mischief.
Prepared by R. Corley
Information by Inv. J. Brock
Approved by Chief J. Heape