Nineteen charged on 1544 charges following closure of graffiti operation

Police have charged 19 people with a total of 1544 offences following the closure of a protracted investigation targeting the graffiti and wilful damage of Queensland Rail trains and Brisbane City Council property.

Operation Juliet Hoodlum commenced in September 2011 and was conducted by members of the State Crime Operations Command’s Graffiti Task Force, a joint initiative of the Queensland Police Service and Brisbane City Council. This partnership continues to be a successful strategy and the results have highlighted the importance of a collaborative community approach to graffiti prevention through timely recording, eradication, enforcement and education.

In April this year, investigators from the group with assistance from officers from the Gold Coast executed a search warrant on a Burleigh Waters address. Police seized a number of items including computers, mobile phones, sketch books, spray cans and documents.

As part of the investigation, the task force identified graffiti groups operating on the Gold Coast and on Brisbane’s north-side, who collectively were responsible for property damage in excess of $200,000.

“Throughout the course of the investigation there have been several arrests made. At the close of the operation, a total of 19 people have been charged on 1544 charges, this is a very encouraging result,” Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Mickelson, State Crime Operations Command said.

Included in the charges are:

• An 18-year-old Everton Park man charged with 112 counts of wilful damage by graffiti
• A 17-year-old Ferny Hills man charged with 42 counts of wilful damage by graffiti and one count of possess explosive (fireworks)
• An 18-year-old Ferny Hills man charged with 38 counts of wilful damage by graffiti
• A 20-year-old Eatons Hill man charged with 78 counts of wilful damage by graffiti
• A 20-year-old Beenleigh man charged with 295 counts of wilful damage by graffiti
• A 19-year-old Beenleigh man charged with two counts of possess utensil and one count of possess dangerous drug
• A 20-year-old Burleigh Waters man charged with 10 counts of wilful damage by graffiti
• A 21-year-old Burleigh Waters man charged with 55 counts of wilful damage by graffiti and one count each of possess dangerous drug, possess utensil, possess thing and possess instructions
• An 18-year-old Coolangatta man charged with 329 counts of wilful damage by graffiti and one count of possess tainted property
• A 17-year-old Pacific Pines man charged with 329 counts of wilful damage by graffiti
• A 20-year-old Burleigh Waters man charged with one count each of possess dangerous drug, possess utensil and possess tainted property
• A 21-year-old Robina man charged with 160 counts of wilful damage by graffiti and one count each of possess dangerous drug, possess utensil and possess thing
• A 19-year-old Nerang man charged with 123 counts of wilful damage by graffiti and one count of possess dangerous drug
• A 20-year-old Nerang man charged with one count of possess dangerous drug and one count of possess utensil
• An 18-year-old Nerang woman charged with one count each of possess dangerous drug, possess utensil and possess thing
• A 37-year-old man charged with one count of possess instruction and possess property suspected
• A 37-year-old Bonogin man charged with three counts of possess dangerous drug and one count of possess utensil
• A 36-year-old Bonogin man charged with one count each of possess dangerous drug, possess utensil, possess thing and possess instructions
• A 41-year-old Bonogin woman charged with two counts of possess dangerous drug, one count of possess utensil and one count of possess property suspected.

During the operation police seized a quantity of cannabis, drug equipment and explosives (fireworks).

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

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