A man accused of causing $100,000 of damage during an overnight vandalism spree in Edmonton earlier this month has been arrested and charged.
Last Saturday, a person called police after watching a man allegedly damaging property in the area of 96 Avenue and 87 Street The person who called police recognized the suspect from a media report.
“At the time, the citizen reported the person of interest to police as a suspicious person and was also at the time causing damage to property,” Edmonton Police Service spokesperson Noreen Remtulla said.
Officers responded to the call and arrested the man.
An investigation then linked the man to a vandalism spree in the Holyrood neighbourhood, in the area of 75 Street to 85 Street and 93 Avenue to 98 Avenue, on Sept. 17.
The damage caused to over 25 vehicles during that spree is estimated at $100,000, including slashed tires, broken mirrors and key scratches.
Jason William Ross, 31, has been charged with 19 counts of mischief under $5,000, two counts of mischief over $5,000 and theft under $5,000.
A search warrant was conducted at Ross’s home where police said evidence was found that led to the charges.
Edmonton police also said surveillance footage helped with the investigation.
“The surveillance video that police were provided from a resident in the neighbourhood was imperative to this investigation,” Remtulla said. “We were able to obtain still images from that video and also send that video to local media outlets.”
(Courtesy: YouTube/Edmonton Police Service)