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Undercover officers catch 3 suspects allegedly spraying graffiti inside GO train

Three people from Oshawa are facing mischief charges after they were arrested last night for allegedly tagging and spraying graffiti on a GO train along the Lakeshore East line.

Metrolinx spokesperson says agency spends hundreds of thousands of dollars cleaning up graffiti

Three people from Oshawa were arrested and face mischief charges after they allegedly vandalized GO trains with graffiti. (Metrolinx)

Three people from Oshawa are facing mischief charges after they were arrested Thursday night for allegedly tagging and spraying graffiti on a GO train along the Lakeshore East line. 

An undercover operation involving Toronto and Durham police led to the arrests, according to Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins.

Aikins said vandals have sprayed seats, walls and windows on late-night trains on the Lakeshore East line.

The trio was spotted on security cameras, allowing GO Transit officers and police to organize a stakeout.

A Metrolinx spokesperson says cleaning up graffiti costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and takes money away from public transit. (Metrolinx)

Undercover officers arrested two men, aged 21 and 28, and one woman, 21. Aikins said the alleged vandals were caught tagging the inside of a coach on a GO train. 

"They didn't surrender quietly or peacefully and ended up in a chase but we got them," she told CBC Toronto on Friday.

The tagged coaches have since been cleaned up.

"It's very unsightly. Sometimes it's offensive," Aikins said of the graffiti. "We do our best to clean it up as quickly as we can."

The agency spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year cleaning up graffiti and tagging, she said.

"It's just so unnecessary," she said. "It may seem like a victimless crime but it takes money away from public transit."

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