‘Ex­treme van­dal­ism’

P.E.I. Wild Blue­berry Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion re­ward of­fer in farm equip­ment van­dal­ism case draw­ing to a close

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The P.E.I. Wild Blue­berry Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion is still seek­ing in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing an in­ci­dent of what it calls “ex­treme van­dal­ism” to a P.E.I. wild blue­berry grower from 2015.

The dam­age oc­curred to the equip­ment of Ter­ence MacDon­ald, a wild blue­berry grower in Mount Ste­wart, in Au­gust of 2015. The van­dal­ism re­sulted in ap­prox­i­mately $50,000 worth of dam­ages.

MacDon­ald’s trac­tors were driven into each other and into trees, caus­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age to the trac­tors and the two har­vesters that were mounted on the trac­tors.

The dam­age ren­dered the equip­ment use­less for the 2015 sea­son, and MacDon­ald was left to se­cure har­vesters from other par­ties to per­form his har­vest ac­tiv­i­ties.

The P.E.I. Wild Blue­berry Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion is still seek­ing the help of the pub­lic to iden­tify sus­pects in­volved in the van­dal­ism in­ci­dent at the MacDon­ald farm.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is of­fer­ing a $12,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion un­til Aug. 17.

“The hope is that this re­ward will gen­er­ate a use­ful tip lead­ing to con­vic­tion for this crime and to bring clo­sure to the in­ci­dent for the MacDon­ald fam­ily and the rest of the P.E.I. wild blue­berry in­dus­try,” said John Han­dra­han, pres­i­dent of the P.E.I. Wild Blue­berry Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, in a press re­lease.

The as­so­ci­a­tion says the RCMP has re­ceived sev­eral tips. How­ever, there is in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to lay charges and cur­rent ex­pec­ta­tion of con­vic­tion is low.

Any­one with an eye­wit­ness ac­count of this van­dal­ism event is asked to call the RCMP at 902-368-9300.

In­for­ma­tion may also be pro­vided anony­mously to Crime Stop­pers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), via the web at www.pe­icrimestop­pers.com or by text by tex­ting “TIP162” plus a mes­sage to 274637 (CRIMES).

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