Van tar­geted again in third van­dal at­tack

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Adam Poulsen

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.

Picture: City of Greater Ger­ald­ton.

Po­lice are look­ing for the of­fender caught on cam­era van­dal­is­ing this ve­hi­cle.

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