A man will appear in court today charged following investigations into several acts of vandalism at train stations across Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter region transport networks.
In December 2019, officers from the Police Transport Command commenced an investigation, following reports railway infrastructure and trains had been vandalised with graffiti across the Sydney area and the Central Coast transport network.
Investigators charged a 35-year-old Newtown man earlier this month and he remains before the courts.
Following further inquiries, investigators executed a search warrant at a home on Birdwood Street, Blue Haven about 10am yesterday (Tuesday 28 July 2020).
During the search, investigators located sketch pads, spray paint, a mobile phone, three cannabis plants in a hydroponic setup and 16g of dried cannabis. These items were seized to undergo forensic examination.
A short time later, a 19-year-old man was arrested at the property and taken to Wyong Police Station.
He was charged with 21 offences, including:
- seven counts of malicious damage,
- cultivate prohibited plant,
- possess prohibited drug,
- five counts of face blackened/disguised with intent to commit indictable offence, and
- seven counts of enter/remain on running lines.
Police will allege in court that the man vandalised trains and infrastructure at railway stations in Kingsgrove, Maitland, Campbelltown, Hamilton, Lidcombe, Telarah and Gosford.
It will also be alleged the man then uploaded these acts of vandalism to social media.
The man was refused bail and is due to appear in Wyong Local Court today (Wednesday 29 July 2020).
Investigations are continuing.