Vandals damage Town property in Public Works compound
Damages estimated at more than $50,000
Staff from the Town of Stony Plain Operations Department arrived at work Mon. morning (May 16, 2011) to find Town property within the Public Works Yard extensively damaged.
Sometime in the early morning hours of Sun., May 15, culprits entered the locked compound and damaged at least 15 vehicles (including the Town Handibus, large service vehicles and pick-up trucks), by smashing the vehicles’ windows and bodies with concrete and wooden blocks.
Vandals also tampered with tools and equipment, broke-and-entered a locked building and drove a dual-axel truck into the rear of other Town-owned vehicles. Damage is estimated at more than $50,000.
Public Works management became aware of the incident the same morning and contacted the R.C.M.P, which responded to the complaint at approximately 9:40 a.m.
“It sickens and saddens me to think people could stoop so low to carry out this kind of crime,” says Ken Lemke, mayor of Stony Plain. “This unconsciously disrespectful and selfish act obviously affects the Town as an Organization, but more critically, it directly impacts our citizens, because the quality or delivery of Town services is impeded.
“These actions do not represent the majority of our citizens, who I know are disgusted by this crime.”
The Town thanks citizens for their patience and understanding, as there may be some delays and disruptions in services, due to temporary reduction in available resources. Town staff will continue to work hard to deliver municipal services, and damaged vehicles and equipment will be repaired or replaced, so delivery of services can be restored to pre-incident levels as soon as possible.
The R.C.M.P continue to investigate. Citizens who saw, heard or suspected any suspicious activity at, or near, the Public Works Yard last Sunday morning are strongly encouraged to speak out.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Stony Plain R.C.M.P Detachment at 780.968.7267 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.crimestoppers.ab.ca.
References: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ab; www.crimestoppers.ab.ca; www.stonyplain.com