03/03/2016 11:23 EST | Updated 03/03/2016 11:59 EST

Leonardo Autera, Cynthia Zambrano Charged With Smashing Edmonton Bus Shelters

Over 49 charges were laid by police.

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One of the Edmonton bus shelters that was destroyed in a recent string of vandalism

An Italian photographer and his curator have been charged for smashing over 71 bus shelters around Edmonton — the same locations they had been photographing for months.

Leonardo Antonio Autera, 55, and Cynthia Elizabeth Zambrano, 38, are each charged with 21 counts of mischief under $5,000, two counts of mischief over $5,000 and possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes. Zambrano is also charged with endangering a child.

The pair told the Edmonton Examiner in November that they had been travelling around the city shooting photos of Edmonton residents at bus stops.

The plan was to compile a book of portraits titled "Bus Stop Edmonton."

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On Facebook, Autera wrote that the book's goal was to compile portraits of "peace and unity."

Police say bus shelters were destroyed in all quadrants of the city.

The vandalism spree happened between Feb. 18 and 21, and again on Feb. 26.

One resident told Global News his truck was also targeted by the spree.

It's not known whether the smashed shelters have anything to do with the photography project.

The total damage from the pair's alleged vandalism spree is expected to cost taxpayers over $30,000, according to a release from Edmonton police.

The duo is expected to appear in court on March 4.

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