Vandals cause $25,000 in damage at industrial site

“Suspects…started up an excavator, dropped trees over the road, dug three holes, each the length of the road, and over five feet deep."

Damage of industrial equipment owned by Island Timberlands and their subcontractors in a recent incident could reach as much at $25,000, according to RCMP.

Sometime between 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and 7 a.m. Dec. 15 one or more suspects arrived at an active job site west of Shawnigan Lake Road.

There, they damaged lands, road and machinery.

“Suspects…started up an excavator, dropped trees over the road, dug three holes, each the length of the road, and over five feet deep. The suspects then damaged a bridge over an active stream and proceeded to damage the excavator until it would no longer run,” said a press release issued by the Shawnigan Lake RCMP.

Detachment spokesman Cpl. Greg Pask said investigators are hoping someone has information regarding this “senseless act of vandalism.”

Those with information about this or any other crime are encouraged to contact the Shawnigan Lake RCMP at 250-743-5514, or Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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