Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Uplands Elementary School Vandalized

Vandals Cost Taxpayers Thousand of Dollar$
Up To $2,000 Reward

For the second time in five days vandals have struck a local elementary school.

Early this morning school staff arrived at Uplands Elementary located on Stronach Drive to find “sexually explicit” tagging on several exterior walls. The images were so graphic school staff decided to cover them up with paper to prevent small children from seeing them. Later in the morning maintenance crews arrived and painted over the images. Just five days prior on March 18, school staff again came to work to find that 25 of their windows had been smashed out. The cost to replace them is estimated to be in the range of $1800 dollars.

“The persons responsible for this behavior undoubtedly live nearby and are entering the schools grounds after hours. We need the residents of the area to be vigilant and report suspicious activity and persons to us. This has got to stop. Whether you tag a wall or break windows, it is vandalism and it’s costing the taxpayers of Nanaimo $1000's of dollars every year” said Constable Gary O’Brien media spokesperson for the Nanaimo RCMP.

Reward For Information

Anyone with information on either of these incidents is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2000 dollars for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Remember you never have to give your name and your TIPS can also be forwarded on line to this Nanaimo Info LINK.


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