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A 26-year-old man who was busted for spray painting public property in Langford was also found to have stolen items on his person Thursday evening.

On May 23rd, West Shore RCMP were called to the traffic circle at Peatt Road and Brock Road for reports of vandalism.

This graffiti incident marks the third time that officers have caught suspects spray painting public property this month, though the other two instances involved a number of 12-13 year-old girls.

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Once police arrived at the traffic circle, they quickly arrested the man and charged him for mischief under $5,000.

Besides carrying several cans of spray paint, police also found that the man was in possession of many stolen items including a credit card, wallet, and personal identification.

Moreover, the man was charged with breaching the conditions of a prior court order. He now remains in police custody until his next court appearance.

“Graffiti defaces public property and has the potential to attract more crime to the area,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar of the West Shore RCMP in a statement. “It costs the city thousands of dollars to clean up.”

Those found guilty of vandalising public property could face both criminal and civil consequences which can include having to pay for the cost of clean-up.