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RCMP investigating after homes, vehicles, school damaged in Vernon, B.C., vandalism spree

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RCMP are working to track down the people responsible for a large vandalism spree in Vernon over the weekend.

The vandalism included offensive language spray painted on vehicles and buildings. Global News

Police received numerous reports of damage to property starting at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, when a sleeping resident was awoken to the sound of glass breaking in the 4100 block of Alexis Park Drive.

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The property damage affected an area from 27th Street to Alexis Park Drive and included vehicles, residences, and a school.

Police said rocks had been thrown at windows of vehicles and buildings and many were spray painted with racist and offensive language.

Dawn Tucker was among those trying to wash away vandalism this weekend after her friend’s truck was hit with graffiti that included a racial slur.

“It’s damaging to our community in many ways. It’s damaging to people psychologically and emotionally and it’s damaging financially,” Tucker said.

Tucker hopes those responsible will be caught so they can see impact of their actions and possibly make some restitution.

“They may not know who has suffered because of these actions. It takes a lot of time and energy to clean these up. It can also impact people very much psychologically and emotionally and people need to hear that,” she said.

Vernon RCMP said the vandalism spree stretched all the way from 27th Street to Alexis Park Drive. Global News

According to police, all available officers descended on the area and determined the vandalism continued through the entire neighbourhood.

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Despite numerous patrols by front-line officers, the suspects were not located.

We have conducted a canvass of the area and were able to locate video surveillance of the possible suspects. said Cpl Tania Finn  with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.

In addition, the suspects left behind items at the various scenes and our investigators are working with our Integrated Forensic Identification Section to determine whether the items have any evidentiary value.

Anyone with information is urged to call the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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