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World Series Vandal ID'd as Novato Man

San Francisco police arrest Gregory Graniss in Muni bus vandalism case.

By Bay City News Service

A man who smashed the front window of a bus during a San Francisco Giants' World Series celebration has been identified as a Novato native who now lives in the city.

Police arrested a 22-year-old Gregory Tyler Graniss on Tuesday in connection with the vandalism of a Muni bus in San Francisco early Monday morning following the Giants' World Series victory.

Shortly after midnight on Monday the suspect smashed the windshield of a Muni bus at the intersection of Third and Market streets, police said. The suspect was photographed while committing the act of vandalism, police said. With the assistance of the public and media, the suspect in the photograph was identified as Graniss, according to police.

Police took Graniss into custody at 7 p.m. Tuesday in San Francisco, police said. He was booked into county jail on charges of felony vandalism and destroying a passenger transit vehicle, also a felony, according to police.

San Francisco police are continuing to investigate the vandalism and search for suspects who later set the bus on fire.

"This was a senseless act of destruction and there is no tolerance for such criminal behavior in San Francisco," San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said.

Anyone with information on the vandalism of the Muni bus is asked to contact police at (415) 553-1133 or call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.

Check out this story from Marin Independent Journal or this one from the San Francisco Chronicle, which shows a photo of the act of vandalism.

Ventress Dugan October 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Good job catching this low life!
Claire October 31, 2012 at 11:33 PM
How come the usual people who comment about crimes didn't comment on this one? Is it because this guy did not come over the Richmond Bridge, because his name doesn't sound hispanic, because he grew up in San Marin graduating from San Marin High with a potential career in sports, doesn't live in Section 8 housing? The point I am trying to make is that there are good people and bad people within every race, city, socio-economic background, country etc. - we should all keep this in mind when commenting against a person only because they belong to a specific group we believe is 'bad'. I hope this guy gets his just punishment for what he did.
RJM October 31, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Yet , if your an illegal in SF and you have an auto accident with no insurance or license they don't impound your car until the third time it happens. , because they need that vechile for work
Claire October 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I wasn't talking about what happens to illegals in San Francisco, but rather about the fact that this guy appears to fit the perfect picture of what some people would like to see in Novato in terms of citizens - white, clean-cut, likely middle-class family, local high school graduate with possible career in sports, yet he committed this crime.
RJM October 31, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I was talking about the quote of " there is no tolerance for such criminal behavior in San Francisco"
Ventress Dugan November 01, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I think this guy is a low life and my first thought was I embarrassed he was from Novato. He hardly fits the "perfect picture" in anyway.
janna nikkola November 01, 2012 at 12:30 AM
As a matter of fact, I did comment in the Huffington Post on the riot in San Francisco and the senseless acts of violence and destruction on public and private property, but this is the first article I've seen about the issue on Novato Patch. It doesn't matter to me what his ethnic or socio economic background is -- it was utterlessly senseless and stupid to trash and then set fire to a $1 million city bus, break windows on the bus, break storefront windows and set bonfires in the streets using furniture from nearly stores and restaurants as fuel. After watching this "victory celebration" right after the game, I had no desire to go into the city for the victory parade. The rioters ruined the celebration for many of us and demonstrated gross disrespect and disregard for the city, city residents, other Giants fans and the Giants team itself. It leaves me with a sick feeling that such a happy occasion had to be marred by such stupid and thoughtless acts of violence. Out of curiosity, I'd be interested in hearing how the rioters justified their actions and if it was worth the consequences (which I hope are harsh).
janna nikkola November 01, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Oops! I meant to write "utterly" in the 4th line and wrote "utterlesssly" by mistake and didn't catch it when I proofread my comment.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr November 01, 2012 at 01:32 AM
...because I was having a busy day. This guy is a home-grown Caucasian, criminal moron. He should get the book thrown at him on these felony charges with restitution and not have them plead down to misdemeanors,. But this is my point, exactly. Each country has its own percentage of anti-social, criminal morons. We have plenty of them in California and in the US already. It is a big enough job dealing with them. My point is that we have over-burdened our law enforcement and prison resources when we add on top of our own criminal morons the criminals from a foreign country or distant county. It is like Old Mother Hubbard, we have so many criminal morons that we do not know what to do with all of them. In 2010 it cost $51,000 per year to incarcerate a felon in prison. You want better education, better roads, keep the foreign criminals from plying their trade on US soil. After all, the knowingly committed their first criminal offense when they entered this country illegally. Those who commit criminal acts have a propensity to offend again.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr November 01, 2012 at 01:36 AM
@Claire, every ethnicity and demographic has its own percentage of criminal morons. We do not need to import them, the way that we import vanilla beans. ...want him in Novato, no. Want him in Folsom prison, yes.
Tom James November 01, 2012 at 01:44 AM
The guy is a low life and was probably drunk. I feel for his parents and am embarrassed for Novato. But what do his actions have to do with our concerns about the type of people that occupy Wynover and Bay Vista. Why do we import people from Richmond to fill these developments? Claire, what kind on people do you think we bring to Novato when they come from Richmond, Oakland or Vallejo? Not people I want my daughter living near.
Craig Belfor November 01, 2012 at 01:50 AM
A common section 8 grammar mistake. Go back.
Citizen Right November 01, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Claire, all crime is reprehensible but illegal alien crime is 100% avoidable. What point are you making with your race baiting, low IQ comment? That, ooooooooh, a white person committed a crime? Well, congratulations on a blinding glimpse of the obvious. Ilegal aliens crime is 100% preventable, if our government enforced immigration and employment laws.
Roger November 01, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Tom, yes the owner of Bay Vista spoke at the City meeting on the Housing Element and said half the people living here are from Novato. SUNN keeps saying we need more AH for Novato citizens. SUNN needs to tell the full truth about who really gets into the AH units in Novato. I think it is dumb to take workers from southern Marin and put them in AH in Novato and make the traffic worse on 101 and generate more greenhouse gases.
Tom James November 01, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Roger, I heard the same presentation. So why are the citizens of Novato funding housing for 50% of the occupants of Bay Vista that are from outside of Novato?
Renee November 01, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Claire, thank you for making a very valid point, one that Seems to be so repetitive on Patch with the same people on patch making the same ignorant statements.
T. Allen November 01, 2012 at 05:20 AM
They are almost all from Marin, and those who aren't work here and want to live closer to their jobs. Makes sense to me.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr November 01, 2012 at 06:21 AM
@Tom, because the social engineers in Sacramento said so.
JAN November 01, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Good luck Mr. Graniss in getting hired. Military service, doubtful. Civil service, even more doubtful. Employers want to hire people who do the right thing when not being watched. You will spend many years putting this caper to rest. You're young perhaps you can put this behind you in time.
early whirly November 01, 2012 at 04:43 PM
We don't want immigrants until our toilet bowl needs cleaning and our lawn needs to be cut. Hyprocrisy is alive and well in Novato!
Concerned citizen November 01, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I'm an immigrant, but a naturalized one. I always find it offensive to label all immigrants under one heading. Most foreign people who are not felons can earn the right to be here, they just have to want it badly enough. It's a right of passage enforced in every other country, especially in those of our southern neighbors. To try to justify or excuse illegal immigration for the purpose of finding cheap labor and save a few dollars for the performance of our dirty work is petty, demeaning and irrational, no matter who thinks or says it.
Brandon Connaughton November 01, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Dont lock the guy up for being a drunken moron. Repay nonviolent crimes with large doses of community service. Our prisons should be reserved for real criminals.
David Randolph November 01, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Early whirly - We need maids and gardeners because we spend all our time working to pay the absurd taxes and "fees" the state and feds have imposed upon us and don't have time to do these chores. And if you have noticed, Jerry Brown and the Marin Supervisors want even MORE come Nov 6th! Don't you love how they call Measure A "temporary," when it will last 9 years. And they say it's only a quarter cent tax increase to make it sound "cheap." Add up what that will cost you over nine years each time you make a purchase, especially a large purchase like a new car. And all it will but is more rangers to issue tickets for dogs off lease so they can steal even more money from you. Absurd. The farmers get cash for land they couldn't develop anyway and we get hosed. Vote NO on Measure A and NO on Prop 30.
Novatan November 02, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Alcohol + Youth + Championship victories = Stupid acts of vandalism. Happens all the time. Nowadays we have social media to help bust these people for their stupid actions. Sorry kid, I'm sure you just got caught up in the moment, but your acts were indeed criminal.
Novatan November 02, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Looks like there is a Facebook page set up by his supporters, including a photo of someone else smashing the bus windshield. Might have seemed like a great idea at the time, but still... busted. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/546463108713331/?fref=ts

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