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News archive for May 7, 2013

Vandalism spree will cost taxpayers $7,000

It’s estimated a weekend window-breaking spree at Christ the King Elementary School has cost $7,000, government spokeswoman Kendra Black said today.

By Chuck Tobin on May 7, 2013 at 1:53 pm

It’s estimated a weekend window-breaking spree at Christ the King Elementary School has cost $7,000, government spokeswoman Kendra Black said today.

Whitehorse RCMP Const. Christine Grant said government security staff went to the school Sunday evening after having been alerted by a motion detector.

They noticed the broken windows and alerted the police. Officers went to the school to search inside to see if a break-in had occurred, she said.

Grant said officers did not find any intruders inside, but did find rocks in the classrooms.

Black said nine windows were smashed in just after 6:30, affecting five classrooms.

Whether there were security cameras, whether they were working and whether there is any security footage is not something the government’s property management branch is willing to discuss, Black said.

“We do not comment on security provisions we have on our buildings.”

Grant said the police have closed the file.

Black said the $7,000 in damages goes to the taxpayers, as Christ the King Elementary is not insured, as all Yukon public schools are self-insured by the government.

Department of Education spokesman Chris Madden said three elementary classes were disrupted Monday morning.

Students from one class had to go to the library while the glass was being cleaned up, and the other two took an early gym period.

“But everybody was back in their classrooms by mid-morning,” he said. “Property management did a great job.”

Meanwhile, the RCMP have arrested a 47-year-old Whitehorse man who was found inside a Second Avenue business with blood on his hand after the front window to the business had been smashed in early this morning.

Police were alerted by an alarm that went off at approximately 1:30 a.m.

The man was scheduled to make a court appearance today, said an RCMP press release.

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Rob mcphie

May 8, 2013 at 10:05 am

This happened last year as well I remember and cost close to the same. So $14,000 in 2 years? Plus I’m sure it will happin again!
My question is: Wouldn’t it be beneficial to put security cameras up to catch these hoodlums or at least scare them away by the sight of the cameras?

It figures

May 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Instead of costing us more tax payer money with camera’s and security, wouldn’t it be better if parents taught their children respect for property and maybe care enough to know where they were. If my kids were out that night, I might ask some questions. But once again it is easier to blame the people that try to keep this from happening with our tax payers dollars than go to the source and take some accountability. They sure would pay attention if they had to pay for these dumb dumbs!

lloyd

May 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

A simple solution is to offer a cash reward for turning in those responsible.

Dullards like this run in packs and can’t keep secrets, $500 will get the perpetrators cover blown in a day or two.

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