Vandals paint Tokoroa blue
An overnight tagging spree on Saturday throughout Tokoroa has come with a hefty $20,000 price tag.
Graffiti was reported on a number of schools, streets and businesses, as well as the Tokoroa Volunteer Fire Service and St John Ambulance building.
St John Ambulance Operations Team Manager, John Semmens said the damage done to the building would mean money set aside for buying life saving equipment would need to be spent painting over the damage.
‘‘We run on donations to keep our service afloat.
‘‘All our money goes towards training new volunteers and buying equipment.
‘‘Now we have to allocate funding towards this clean up where it would be better spent on running our service.’’
Tokoroa Police Sergeant, Graeme Hill said the police had ‘‘an idea’’ who the culprits were.
Police believe those involved in the spree came from a party where there were under-age drinkers.
‘‘It appears the offenders may be youth and will be dealt with through youth aid, however, we will be pushing for criminal charges to be laid due to the severity of the damage.’’
Sergeant Hill said the destruction affected a large chunk of the town, ‘‘even trees were tagged’’.
The suggested $20,000 price tag was a ‘‘conservative estimate’’, Mr Hill said.
‘‘I wouldn’t be surprised if the damage surpassed that amount.’’
A person who saw the van- dalism on Sunday and did not want to be named thought the destruction was a disgrace and also pondered about the culprits’ capabilities.
‘‘Besides the obvious disrespect for other people’s things, I also wonder about their comprehension of the english language?
‘‘I think the court system should sentence these idiots to writing and reading classes.’’
Anyone with any information regarding the graffiti may call the police on 0800 525 368.
TOKOROA TAGGED: Tokoroa residents and business owners woke on Sunday morning to graffiti which stretched from the Central Business District to residential areas going as far as Tasman Drive.