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Second graffiti arrest
Police arrest a second graffiti vandal. Picture: John Mokrzycki

Police netted another suspected graffiti vandal yesterday in their latest crackdown on bus and train taggers.

A 20-year-old who allegedly scrawled graffiti on the floor of a bus after his friend defaced the side of a bus was arrested at his Mt Hawthorn home as part of Operation Eraser.

It is believed he was identified after a tip-off to Crime Stoppers.

The Mt Hawthorn man was charged with criminal damage.

His arrest is linked to the photographs of graffiti vandals published in _The West Australian _ this week.

Crime Stoppers has received more than 60 calls with information after the photographs were published and Seven News showed security footage.

Police Assistant Commissioner Steve Brown, chairman of the State Graffiti Taskforce, said cleaning up graffiti cost the WA community more than $25 million, but added that figure was "grossly underestimated".

Another man arrested as part of the operation was denied bail yesterday after a magistrate said he had previously shown an "almost chronic determination" to tag property.

Peter John Skevington, 21, appeared in Perth Magistrate's Court on eight charges of damage and seven of trespass relating to graffiti on Perth trains.

He did not plead and was remanded in custody until March 7.

The West Australian

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