Lloydminster RCMP say they have found the people responsible for last week’s rash of vandalism.
Early in the morning of Monday, August 24th, the RCMP say a total of 71 cars were vandalized by having their windows smashed.
The police say that they have found 5 boys aged 16 and 17 from a rural Albertan community near Lloydminster, whom they believe committed the vandalism. RCMP Inspector Suki Manj says community involvement was crucial in finding the suspects.
“Every case we deal with is difficult without that support,” Manj said. “The mantra I’ve always lived on and believe in is that the community is what we’re here for, and we can’t work in isolation, so it’s critical to our success, and it’s also critical to our failure, so I think we need to keep it a positive thing. On a daily basis, we have the community [calling] in, giving us information, and it leads to a lot of positive work.”
Manj also encouraged any teens thinking of committing vandalism to find other ways to express themselves.
“I think the message is ‘channel your energy into something more productive,'” said Manj. “Get involved in your community in a more positive way. There [are] a lot of programs and activities you can do that will steer you away from this type of behaviour.
“What we’re learning in this case is that it might have been more [the result] of peer pressure amongst the group that was involved, so if that’s the case, challenge those people and tell them ‘no, you don’t want to do this kind of thing’. And then, if something does happen, report it.”
Manj says the RCMP are currently gathering as much evidence as possible to lay charges. He asks anyone that has any information or footage of an older green 4-door sedan in their area, to call the Lloydminster RCMP detachment at (780) 808-8400.
The youth cannot be named due to the Young Offenders Act.