An Illinois man is being held in lieu of a total of $25,000 bail for allegedly treating Orange and Red Line trains as his own personal canvas, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
Jim Clay Harper, 24, of the well-to-do Chicago suburb of Wilmette, was arraigned today in West Roxbury District Court on two counts of vandalizing property for allegedly spray-painting "ETHER" on trains at the Forest Hills T stop. He was already being held on similar charges involving Red Line trains in Dorchester, and is also suspected of tagging Blue Line trains at Orient Heights, according to the DA's office.
Prosecutors says he was best buds with Danielle "Utah" Bremner, who was sent away for six months last week after pleading guilty to marking up Back Bay alleys and Boston-area trains with her monicker.
The DA's office asked for the relatively high bail because Harper lives out of state and because of the cost of removing the graffiti. In a statement, the DA's office adds:
On August 11, 2008, MBTA Transit Police detectives were contacted by investigators assigned to the Transit Division of the New York Police Department with information on the identity of the person using the tag "ETHER." In the course of an investigation into the tagger DANIELLE "UTAH" BREMNER, they learned that Harper was a close associate of Bremner and had been arrested for leaving the "ETHER" tag in Illinois and Pennsylvania.