Interstate graffiti gang busted vandalising trains in Ipswich
POLICE say they caught a gang of alleged interstate graffiti vandals in the act of causing $45,000 of damage to Queensland Rail trains in the Ipswich rail yards.
Three men, a 20 and 18-year-old from Victoria and a 20-year-old from NSW, were interrupted by police as they allegedly filmed themselves defacing the trains. The camera was still filming when police found it abandoned next to a train as the suspects dropped it as they attempted to make their escape.
It is alleged the men travelled to Ipswich in a Victorian registered car.
They were arrested and remanded in custody to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court today.
The trio was first spotted by a shift supervisor at Ipswich station, who saw them run from a laneway into Waghorn St just after 11pm on Wednesday.
Safe City cameras picked up the men running from behind the Metropole Hotel carrying bags.
Police then joined the search for the men and when they caught up with them, the trio ran from officers.
A short time later a bag containing bolt cutters and spray paint cans was found along a fence near the station.
As the search continued two more bags were found containing spray paint and the video camera.
The paint was still wet on the side of QR train carriages as the men were arrested in the rail yard.
The search and chase lasted for three hours.
Inspector Keith McDonald said the men had allegedly performed a dangerous act, with live electricity lines over hanging the rail yards.
A Queensland Rail spokesperson said they were working with police and Ipswich City Council to support the prosecution of graffiti offenders vandalising a train in an Ipswich stabling yard overnight.
"Queensland Rail painted over about 300,000 square metres of graffiti along the south-east Queensland rail corridor in 2011/12, and about 12,000 square metres of private property next to the corridor."