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A new memorial in northwest Calgary was defaced earlier this year. ((CBC))

Charges have been laid in connection to the vandalism of a Calgary war memorial earlier this year.

The new soldiers’ memorial in the 1100 block of Memorial Drive N.W. was defaced with graffiti sometime between late August and early September.

An 18-year-old man has now been charged with 23 counts of mischief under the Criminal Code, police said.

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Officials released surveillance pictures of several suspects wanted for vandalism. ((City of Calgary))

The arrest comes as the city’s bylaw services department has teamed up with police and Calgary Transit to crackdown on vandalism in the community, officials said. 

They’ve launched a Joint Graffiti Investigation Team and a website, GraffitiFreeCalgary.ca.   The site has information about graffiti vandalism, tips on what to do when it appears and what parents can do if they think their children are involved.

Police have released security camera pictures and videos of several suspects whom they believe are the most prolific offenders.

In 2009, Calgary Transit spent over $3 million to clean up graffiti on trains, buses and in stations, the city said.