Watermelon season is over in Westchester

Police say a 17-year-old boy has admitted being the artist who painted watermelon slices on more than a dozen buildings and trucks in New Rochelle, Mamaroneck and The Bronx since April.

The images, several of which added a note of color to a stretch of Main Street in New Rochelle, delighted some residents. The artist apparently went from rooftop to rooftop at night, quickly painting the slices, measuring five feet by three feet.

Police treated the watermelons as vandalism, however, and charged Alexander Mosley of Mamaroneck with a felony count of third-degree criminal mischief. If convicted, he faces jail time.

Police say it was done as a joke that got out of hand. Police tracked down Mosley through contacts with other graffiti painters.

Mosley is due back in New Rochelle City Court on August 22.

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