Alleged serial graffiti vandal charged over $15,000 damage to trains


A man accused of graffitiing dozens of Melbourne trains, causing $15,000 damage, has been extradited from South Australia and charged.

Eugene Rumjahn, 40, was arrested by Victorian Police on Wednesday, after he was released from custody in Adelaide on an unrelated matter.

He is accused of vandalising 27 trains across Melbourne between 2017 and 2018.

Mr Rumjahn has been charged with 27 counts of criminal damage for spray-painting graffiti, which police said caused more than $15,000 damage.

A further 28 charges were issued for trespass and possessing graffiti material.

An extradition hearing was held at the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday before he faced Melbourne Magistrates’ Court later that day.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Timothy Reiher from the Transit Divisional Response Unit said police worked tirelessly to hold graffiti vandals to account, “no matter how much time has passed”.

“Not only is graffiti unsightly, but it causes major disruption to the public transport network when trains have to be taken out of service for cleaning,” he said.

“This in turn impacts on the millions of commuters who use public transport every day.” 

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