A man with a hammer smashed around 20 glass panes on downtown Vancouver bus shelters early Tuesday morning, causing roughly $30,000 in damage according to Vancouver police.
The spree took place around 1:30 a.m., damaging shelters near Granville and Georgia streets, Sgt. Steve Addison told Global News.
The suspect was detained by witnesses until police arrived and took him into custody.
Addison said the 47-year-old has now been charged with mischief over $5,000. The suspect was not previously on “the radar” of police, he added.
“It really defies all logic. It’s just senseless property damage that appears to have been done for no other reason than just to destroy property,” Addison said in an interview.
“Incidents like this, when they happen, they really undermine the sense of safety, the sense of pride, the sense of community in an area that’s heavily-trafficked by a lot of people.”
Impacted shelters were roped off with yellow police tape on Tuesday afternoon. Sidewalks remained littered with shattered glass.