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Artist Charged With Vandalizing Banksy's Vandal Art

4/2/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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An artist who defaced several works of famed graffiti artist Banksy has been charged with the crime of vandalism -- which is pretty incredible since Banksy's collection is itself an act of vandalism.

David William Noll has been charged with FELONY vandalism.  According to the criminal complaint -- obtained by TMZ -- Noll defaced 2 of Banksy's most famous works -- Girl on Swing and Peeing Dog.

The L.A. County D.A. filed FOUR separate vandalism charges, because Noll allegedly defaced both works and 5 days later went back and used paint remover on the walls. Max penalty -- 5 years in prison.

Noll could end up on L.A.'s stupidest criminals list ... because he recorded himself painting over Banksy's art, and then posted it on YouTube.  The LAPD got a search warrant to get his info from YouTube, and then nabbed the 35-year-old at his mom's house in Modesto.

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We asked the D.A. why they didn't also charge Banksy, since he too was a vandal ... and a bragger at that.

The D.A. says the only way they will prosecute for vandalism is if the property owner complains -- and Banksy got lucky ... no one complained about his art ... but they definitely weren't into Noll's handiwork.

According to the LAPD police report ... the company that owns the Girl On Swing building -- a jeweler called Tarina Tarantino -- believes Banksy's work increased the value of the property by $650,000. 

The take away -- if you break the law, you better be real famous.

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1.

vroomvroom    

Bull....

172 days ago
2.

I'm A Lawyer    

Clear case of jealousy. The only way he could get attention, rather than with his own art. Loser.

172 days ago
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ASHY LARRY    

Why he do Dat? What B wrong Wiff Da Brother?

172 days ago
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AAAAAAAAAAb    

So celebrities that commit real crimes can go to jail for 90 minutes and be released due to overcrowding, but average Joe vandalizes vandalism, and faces 5 years?

172 days ago
5.

CyndiChainsaW    

❤️❤️❤️ Banksy!

172 days ago
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belyoe    

Banksy is not respected in the graffiti community..anyone that defends banksy has no clue other than he's trendy..dudes an idiot for filming himself though

172 days ago
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bmsvds    

.."if you break the law, you (had) better be real (sic) famous." That seems to be how it all works, especially in CA.

172 days ago
8.

boo boo    

Why did he do that? Also, 35 and living at his moms? Also, Modesto is a long drive to L.A.

172 days ago
9.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Banksy's finger paintings

172 days ago
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zombie    

Lol. Douche bag living in mom's basement playing World of Warcraft gets out for the day and look what happens! THIS is why we can't have nice things.

172 days ago
11.

static    

These property owners have established they don't have a problem with vandalism so why waste taxpayer's money this nonsense.

172 days ago
12.

TimP    

Who would complain about Banksys art? He destroyed millions of dollars worth of art.

172 days ago
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fandinomia    

Say what you want about banksy.. frankly, the guy is a freaking genious. He makes money off of being an unseen artist. For christ sakes! His "vandilism" brings value to what he "vandalizes"! Idc what any of you say.. the guy is smart. I've seen people drop over 100k on something so simple.. but done by banksy so "it was a way bigger deal". I mean these people are dumb.. but that only makes banksy look smarter.

172 days ago
14.

tenley    

Justin Bieber.

172 days ago
15.

Don    

So what is the difference than the Beib's egging that house, intentionally and with the additional evidence of video
Same rules, I don't see a felony here does anyone

172 days ago
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