A senseless act of vandalism will cost the North Okanagan-Shuswap school district some extra money.
Sometime between Sept. 17 and 18, a suspect or suspects got into the new M.V. Beattie Elementary School being built in Enderby, got a hold of a glue gun, and sprayed glue throughout a number of classroom walls and on a fridge and stove.
A dishwasher was also pushed over and there were lots of scratches on the new floors.
The incident was reported to the Enderby detachment at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 20.
“Entry was made by the suspects climbing up on the scaffolding and getting onto the roof, then they made entry to the school either through a trap door or a hatch,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
The school is due to open in early 2012.
Police do not have a damage estimate but Molendyk said it is less than the damage the new Coldstream Elementary School received prior to its opening in September 2010.
“There was a good deal of damage done inside at Beattie,” said Molendyk. “It’s frustrating. Here we are at the building stage of a brand new school and we have this vandalism happen. It’s now an extra cost association with the building of this facility.”
RCMP and the contractors involved in the building are asking the public for help on the case. If anybody has any information on the vandalism, they are asked to call the Enderby detachment at 838-6818, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Tips can also be left on the local Crime Stoppers’ website, www.nokscrimestoppers.com.