RCMP called after vandals mar sign at future site of mosque, churches
Wood Buffalo RCMP were investigating graffiti left on a community sign near the future site of a mosque and two churches in the northern part of Fort McMurray.
Police received a complaint from the municipality at 9 a.m. Tuesday regarding graffiti left on the entrance sign for Abraham’s Landing.
Construction for the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre is currently being done at the site. Future plans for the land include the construction of Roman Catholic and Protestant churches.
The graffiti was removed by 10 a.m.
Mayor Don Scott condemned the incident at the start of Tuesday evening ’s council meeting.
“I resist racism, bigotry and hate of all kinds,” he said. “It’s an important day to say that and to let our neighbours know, especially our Muslim neighbours know, that we stand with them.”
RCMP were asking people to contact them if they witnessed the graffiti being applied, or have any surveillance footage or dash camera recordings of the incident. Investigators believe it likely took place between 6 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“We’re currently conducting an investigation to determine involvement, whether if it was one person or a bunch of kids,” said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. TeriAnn Deobald.
Anyone with information was asked to contact police at 780788-4040. Tips can be sent anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.tipsubmit.com.