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Dozens of Edmonton bus shelters smashed in overnight vandalism spree

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WATCH ABOVE: Edmonton crews are in clean-up mode after dozens of bus shelters were vandalized in what a city spokesperson calls a "senseless" act. Julia Wong reports – Jun 27, 2018

City officials believe at least 38 Edmonton bus shelters were vandalized overnight Tuesday.

As of 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, 38 shelters in the Twin Brooks, Rutherford and Callaghan areas were smashed.

The city first started receiving calls at around 1:15 a.m. when an off-duty peace officer called about a damaged bus shelter. Then, bus drivers started reporting more shelters that had been smashed.

There doesn’t seem to be a pattern, city spokesperson Rowan Anderson said.

It appears the damage may be limited to the glass panes and not the metal frames or foundations. Still, replacing a section of glass can cost the city about $500.

With all the shelters hit, the city estimates the total damage could be around $20,000.

“It’s a completely senseless act,” Anderson said. “There’s no real rationale for it.”

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Damaged shelters have been taped off and crews are cleaning up. Anderson said it could be early next week that the bus shelter window panes are replaced.

Global News noticed a series of damaged shelters all along the length of MacEwan Road on Wednesday morning.

Edmonton police said they hadn’t received any reports of vandalism to bus shelters overnight.

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At lest 25 bus shelters in the Rutherford and Callaghan neighbourhoods were found damaged on June 27, 2018. Dave Carels/Global News
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At lest 25 bus shelters in the Rutherford and Callaghan neighbourhoods were found damaged on June 27, 2018. Dave Carels/Global News
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At lest 25 bus shelters in the Rutherford and Callaghan neighbourhoods were found damaged on June 27, 2018. Dave Carels/Global News
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At lest 25 bus shelters in the Rutherford and Callaghan neighbourhoods were found damaged on June 27, 2018. Dave Carels/Global News

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