Van targeted again in third vandal attack
Geraldton Police are hunting a vandal who was caught on camera splattering paint on a City ranger vehicle — the third attack of its kind in 12 months — costing ratepayers a combined cost of almost $20,000.
The City of Greater Geraldton released CCTV footage of the latest incident on its Facebook page in an attempt to help identify the culprit.
The footage, which was captured early on Tuesday morning, shows the dark figure of a person creep into the administration centre carpark on Sanford Street, before vandalising the van.
The damage resulted in a repair bill of more than $4000 and the vehicle had to be taken off the road for a week.
City of Greater Geraldton chief executive Ross McKim said the previous two cases of vandalism had also involved paint being thrown on the same vehicle.
“The first incident was gloss paint and the vehicle was out for one month, while the second was hammertone paint and the car was out for eight weeks,” he said.
Mr McKim said the incidents had “negatively affected the response capability of our ranger services”.
“The police have been notified and we are working together to prevent this happening again,” he said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Geraldton police on 9923 4555 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police are looking for the offender caught on camera vandalising this vehicle.