Police seek leads in vandalism
$10,000 in damage at Waterford school
Police are combing through video footage trying to identify who broke into St. Bernard’s School in August and trashed the place.
Total damage was more than $10,000. Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said the damage estimate would have been higher if contractors were called on to clean up the mess and not school staff.
“They went in and literally tried to destroy the school,” Sanchuk said Tuesday. “We think someone out there knows something about this.”
The break-in occurred around 1 a.m. Aug. 31. The rampage is estimated to have lasted an hour.
Side and front glass doors were smashed to gain entry. Several classrooms were broken into and trashed. Bookshelves and trophy cases were overturned while a large quantity of electronics was damaged.
Someone attempted to rip a sink out of the wall in one of the school’s washrooms, causing extensive flooding. The principal’s office, the staff room and the school’s kitchen were also broken into and vandalized.
St. Bernard’s School is a Catholic elementary school located on Washington Street in Waterford.
Anyone with information related to the spree is encouraged to contact Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Numerous items stored at St. Bernard’s School in Waterford were strewn about during a vandalism spree Aug. 31. Norfolk OPP would like to speak to anyone who knows anything about the incident.