Trail senior apprehended for vandalism

For one 64-year-old Trail resident, ignoring video surveillance warnings, meant his quick capture on charges of mischief and vandalism.

For one 64-year-old Trail resident, ignoring video surveillance warnings, meant his quick capture on charges of mischief and vandalism.

Trail and Greater District RCMP apprehended a retirement-aged suspect Sunday, who vandalized three local businesses, by using black spray paint to graffiti windows, gas pumps, and cars.

The incidents occurred overnight between Saturday and Sunday.

The perpetrator was caught with the aid of video surveillance, identified and arrested, stated a press release.

“It’s really unusual to have a fellow at this age doing this type of stuff,” said Sgt. Rob Hawton, of the Trail and Greater District RCMP. “It caught us by surprise, that’s for sure.”

The preliminary investigation indicated that the acts were targeted vandalism, and there is no dollar estimate of the damages, however it is estimated to be well over $5000, according to the release.

“A fair bit of damage was done with this guy in just one night, but he was caught, and that is the main thing,” added Hawton

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor, he said.

Instead of having a day of rest, on Sunday the staff at Gerick’s Cycle and Glenmerry Husky had to put in a lot of extra elbow grease to clean up their property.

“It took a lot of heavy duty chemicals and time to scrub off the windows, their frames and stucco,” said Jason Proulx of Gerick’s Cycle.

Screens on the gas pumps at Glenmerry Mohawk had to be scraped off and scrubbed, said owner John Dyer, whose video cameras caught the suspect red handed.

The accused is scheduled for an arraignment on Feb. 7.