DNA from cig­a­rette leads to charges

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More than seven months af­ter a dis­turb­ing act of van­dal­ism at the wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity in Har­bour Grace, po­lice say the three males they be­lieve re­spon­si­ble for the in­ci­dent will soon go be­fore the courts.

And it was a dis­carded cig­a­rette butt left at the scene, along with help­ful tips from the pub­lic, that helped investigators ad­vance the case, said RCMP Sgt. Greg Hicks.

Hicks said DNA ev­i­dence re­cov­ered from the butt will place one of the three sus­pects — two youths ages 15 and 17 from the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion, and a 20year-old man from Bay Roberts — at the scene of the May 25, 2013 in­ci­dent.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion helped investigators com­pile enough ev­i­dence to lay charges.

All three are sched­uled to ap­pear at pro­vin­cial court in Har­bour Grace on March 5 on charges of break and en­ter and mis­chief/prop­erty dam­age over $5,000.

Hicks said investigators felt the in­ci­dent was se­ri­ous enough to pur­sue ev­ery pos­si­ble lead, and though it took time, the ef­fort pro­duced re­sults.

“We wanted to send a mes­sage that this is not go­ing to be tol­er­ated,” Hicks said.

The dam­age was dis­cov­ered late in the morn­ing on May 25 dur­ing a daily check of the fa­cil­ity.

Po­lice say dam­age to the site was es­ti­mated at nearly $30,000, and town of­fi­cials were forced to im­ple­ment a week-long boil-wa­ter ad­vi­sory as a pre­cau­tion.

Van­dals dam­aged the elec­tri­cal me­ter to the plant, which is lo­cated on Ban­ner­man Lake Road. The locks of both doors were tam­pered with, and the van­dals had gained ac­cess to the build­ing by com­pletely re­mov­ing the lock on one of the doors.

Pipes and valves were bro­ken, a vent was re­moved from the roof, and light fixtures smashed. Dam­age was also done to an emer­gency shut­down sys­tem, prompt­ing the boil or­der. The screen house was also dam­aged, with what ap­pear to be axe marks in the door. Noth­ing was taken from the fa­cil­ity.

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