By Tina Comeau
The Yarmouth rural RCMP detachment is seeking assistance from the public in finding those responsible for vandalism that occurred in the Wedgeport area this past weekend that resulted in broken household windows, a damaged vehicle and a burnt car.
During the night of Saturday, May 31, and the early morning of Sunday, June 1, three properties were targeted by vandals. Rocks were thrown through windows while the homeowners were inside.
A brick was also thrown at a vehicle in Wedgeport, denting the vehicle and causing around $1,000 in damage.
Because of the geographic proximity of these incidents to one another, the RCMP believe they are connected.
Meanwhile, a vehicle was destroyed by fire in Plymouth around the same time. The RCMP do not believe this matter is connected to the other incidents, but they are still seeking the public’s help in that investigation. The vehicle fire hadn’t been reported to the RCMP. The RCMP came across it as they were responding to a 911 call in Wedgeport.
Staff Sergeant Michel Lacroix says they want to ensure these incidents don’t build in the community.
“I don’t want this to become a community issue,” he says. “I really want to see if we can solve this. I have street crime looking into it but we’re not getting any information at this point.”
Which is why the RCMP are making an appeal to the public.
Staff Sgt. Lacroix says property owners were both angry and shaken up by the vandalism.
“A couple of ladies were alone at home and they were traumatized,” he says, and no one is happy when costly damages occur to their property.
“I’d like to pass the word along in Wedgeport that we’re trying to solve this and we really want to,” Staff Sgt. Lacroix adds, “because those things could become problematic and in the past there were some issues in Wedgeport so I’d like to stop it before it goes further.”
The RCMP did once have a community office in Wedgeport but the lack of RCMP resources didn’t allow for that initiative to continue.
And because the detachment only has so many members available to patrol the county of Yarmouth, they can’t be everywhere all of the time, says Staff Sgt. Lacroix.
If anyone has information about the incidents on the weekend they are asked to contact the Yarmouth rural detachment at 742-9106 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS),