Sunland-Tujunga residents have a bandit in their midst. A man who calls himself El Bandito steals weeds, trash and debris from other people's property — community eyesores — and replaces them with artistic creations.
Don't worry, Sunland-Tujunga is not experiencing a crime wave, more like an outbreak of literally off-the-wall public art.
The man in question is Richard Stewart, a local painting contractor and president of the Sunland-Tujunga Rotary Club. He saw a weed- and trash-filled property on Tujunga Canyon Boulevard and, not knowing who owned it, decided to take it upon himself in October to clean it up. Once it was cleared, he noticed all the interesting rocks and starting stacking them up, and "Bandito Park" was born.
At the edge of the park next to Tujunga Canyon Boulevard sit four old fence posts, or as Richard calls them, "The Four Horsemen." He tried to pull them up, but they wouldn't budge, so he piled up some rocks around them and, as a nod to his Texas roots, he put cowboy hats on them.