Vandals roam Creston on weekend crime spree

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  • Jun. 25, 2012 4:00 p.m.

An early morning report about two males testing vehicle doors to see if they were locked was Creston RCMP’s first clue that they were in for a busy Sunday.

“There was a whole string of vandalism incidents on Saturday night and Sunday morning and these two may have been responsible for them,” Cpl. Charlotte Joa said on Monday.

Police logged 17 incidents, mostly to the south of Canyon Street, by the time the day had ended. After several reports came in on Sunday, patrolling officers took to the streets and located a number of vehicles that had been spray-painted or had windows smashed before the owners had noticed the damage.

“We’d like to find the suspects as quickly as possible,” Joa said.

Included in the vandals’ spree were:

•A smashed rear window and driver’s side mirror of a vehicle parked on Cedar Street;

•A smashed window of a vehicle on Dogwood Street;

•Concrete retaining wall blocks moved from a Seventh Avenue South yard onto the street;

•A Cedar Street garage defaced with black spray paint;

•A 14th Avenue South garage defaced with black spray paint;

•A vehicle’s windshield smashed on Sunset Boulevard;

•A vehicle on Fourth Avenue South sprayed with white paint and keyed;

•The driver’s side window of a vehicle on Elm Street;

•A van defaced with white spray paint in the 400 block of Fourth Avenue South;

•A pickup defaced with white spray paint on Third Avenue South;

•A vehicle defaced with black spray paint on Cedar Street;

•A fifth-wheel trailer defaced with black spray paint on Cedar Street;

•A rear window smashed in a vehicle on Ninth Avenue South;

•A gas-powered go-kart being pushed about 200 metres from a driveway on Cook Street before it was abandoned;

•A vehicle with a smashed rear window and defaced with yellow paint on Seventh Avenue South; and

•A boat on Fourth Avenue South defaced with white spray paint.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-428-9313 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where anonymity is guaranteed.