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Published on Apr 6, 2013

TEENAGE GIRL CHARGED WITH 14 INCIDENTS OF GRAFFITTI, RISKS LIFE WHILE TAGGING

A teenaged girl has been charged with 14 counts of Mischief Under $5000.00 following an investigation by Transit Police into multiple incidents of graffiti tagging of SkyTrain cars and SkyTrain stations.

The incidents spanned a period from October 2012 to March 2013 and occurred on trains and in stations in Vancouver. The tag VAMP was most commonly used.

The suspect, who turned 18 years during the series of offences, cannot be named because she was a juvenile at the time of some of the occurrences. She was arrested in West Vancouver, is a resident of Vancouver and, although she has had some police contacts in the past, has no criminal history. She was released on bail with a number of conditions.

Graffiti is a part of an ongoing vandalism problem on the TransLink system. It is estimated that the clean-up costs for these offences would be approximately $2000.00.

The suspect in these incidents actually put her life at risk to complete one of her tags. While at the 29th Avenue Station she climbed down onto the rails, stepping on a 600 volt high powered rail used to power the trains. Had the rail covering cracked or her foot slipped and touched the side of the rail, she would have been electrocuted. (Video of this incident attached.)

Transit Police would like to make anyone who might consider climbing down onto the rails aware of the extreme dangers of doing this. It is hoped that through increased awareness, we might prevent needless future tragedy. ^gw

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