UPDATE: Vernon hotel, school, homes, vehicles vandalized

UPDATE: Vernon hotel, school, homes, vehicles vandalized
Vandals spray painted a number of vehicles in Vernon in the wee hours of Sunday, June 7. (Submitted Photo)Vandals spray painted a number of vehicles in Vernon in the wee hours of Sunday, June 7. (Submitted Photo)

Several Vernon homes, vehicles, a hotel and a school were hit by vandals armed with spray paint and some cruel words over the weekend.

Racist words were sprayed on at least half a dozen vehicles, some residences and the Econo Lodge, at the corner of 42nd Avenue and Highway 97.

“A few cars and dumpster and one of our walls and one room window,” the Econo Lodge manager said.

“It was quite a bit. Young children. We saw it on the camera and gave it to police.”

The youths, wearing hooded sweatshirts, were not fazed by security cameras, and proceeded to spray paint three guests’ cars and the building, according to the hotel manager.

Footage showed the vandals in action at 1:50 a.m., Sunday, June 7.

W.L. Seaton Secondary was also hit by the vandals.

“Our painters are currently onsite painting over the damage,” superintendent Joe Rogers said. “We are also working with the RCMP.”

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to numerous reports of damage to property stretching from 27th Street to Alexis Park Drive.

Officers were alerted after a sleeping resident heard glass breaking in the 4100 block of Alexis Park Drive.

An officer attended the area and found several residences and vehicles were spray painted with racist and offensive language.

All available officers attended the scene and found the vandalism continued throughout the neighbourhood to the nearby high school.

Some windows were smashed after rocks were thrown, police said.

Police said despite numerous patrols, the suspects were not located.

“We have conducted a canvass of the area and were able to locate video surveillance of the possible suspects,” media relations officer Cpl. Tania Finn said.

“In addition, the suspects left behind items at the various scenes and our investigators are working with our Integrated Forensic Identification Section to determine whether the items have any evidentiary value.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Cst. Paul Cooke of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leaving a tip online at nokscrimestoppers.com.

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