Po­lice seek leads in van­dal­ism

$10,000 in dam­age at Water­ford school

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - OPINION - MONTE SONNENBERG MSon­nen­berg@post­media.com

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.

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