The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a spree of mischiefs that occurred from Thursday, Feb. 18 to Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 in northeast Edmonton, which left 71 bus shelters with broken glass as well as 15 houses and cars with broken windows.
On Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, the EPS received reports of four vehicles and one house with broken glass in the Evansdale, Casselman and McLeod neighbourhoods. Seven vehicles and two homes were damaged on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 in the neighbourhoods of Abbottsfield, Casselman, Hairsine, McConachie and McLeod. Another vehicle in Kilkenny was also damaged on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.
A total of 80 bus shelter window panes were destroyed. Northeast Division received reports of 63 vandalized bus shelters, four in Southwest Division, two in Southeast Division and one in West Division. The following are some of the areas where the bus shelters were vandalized in Northeast Division: Abbottsfield Transit Shelter, Abbottsfield Road, Belvedere Transit Centre, 50 Street, Victoria Trail, 139 Avenue, 127 Avenue, Hermitage Road, 118 Avenue, Manning Drive, 82 Street, and 144 Avenue.
“This early into the investigation, we can’t rule out whether or not the houses and vehicles with broken windows are connected to the mischief to bus shelters,” says Det. Rick Dahl with Northeast Division Criminal Investigation Section. “This mischief spree has negatively affected a lot of innocent citizens and transit riders.”
All of the damage in these incidents is believed to have occurred overnight. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying suspects that are responsible for this senseless crime.
The preliminarily estimate to clean-up debris and install new window panes at the vandalized bus shelters is approximately $30,000.
Vandalized ETS bus shelter at 50 Street and 140 Avenue
Vandalized bus shelters on 50 Street
On Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, Northeast Division officers received reports of six additional shelters that were vandalized just after midnight. The suspects are believed to be driving a Red Dodge Caravan. The shelters damaged were westbound along 118 Avenue and Abbottsfield Road, 33 Street, 43 Street, 50 Street, 51 Street, and 53 Street.
Three more bus shelters were damaged earlier today at 144 Avenue and 54 Street to 58 Street.
Police encourage anyone with information regarding these crimes to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.