A 31-YEAR-OLD Castlemaine man will front court next month after being charged with more than 40 offences relating to criminal damage of property.
Castlemaine Police allege a man defaced a number of buildings and infrastructure on December 27 about 5am.
"Castlemaine Police (first) received a call from a witness who noticed a male (allegedly) marking the tag 'SPUNK' on Kennedy Street in Castlemaine," police said.
Police said following the call, officers quickly responded finding the offending male.
"Not only did he match the description provided by the witness, but he was also caught with paint over with hands and clothes," they said.
"During a quick search of the offender, graffiti marking implements including textas and permanent markers as well as spray cans dumped in the area matching the colours/style of graffiti marked were all located."
Police said during that same day, they received phone calls from concerned locals.
They were notified of more than 16 locations that were defaced with the specific graffiti markings.
Police said more than 70+ tags were located in the Castlemaine area, with some very large and on significant landmarks and locations.
"Multiple victims were involved," they said.
The arrest follows a search warrant which was executed at the offender's residence last week, where further items seized included graffiti marking implements - spray cans, pens, and textas.
The accused faces 42 charges relating to the offending and was bailed to appear in Castlemaine Magistrates Court in early February 2022.
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