The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP are looking to find those responsible for damaging a local statue.
On August 6, police received a report of vandalism to a sculpture at the West River’s Edge Boat Launch. The 22 foot bronze statue titled Big Piece of the Puzzle appeared to have been sprayed with a fire-retardant chemical, possibly from a fire extinguisher.
City of Fort Saskatchewan staff have since reported the chemical sprayed on the sculpture has reacted with the finish, causing discolouration; it's estimated that it will cost thousands of dollars to repair the damage.
“Often the people doing acts like this don’t realize the huge financial cost to the community,” said Acting Officer in Charge, Staff Sargeant Mike McCauley.
Lately, vandalising public property has become an issue in Fort Saskatchewan.
"People have to understand, this is their tax dollars that are being required to have to fix this, so when they see something suspicious, phone the police and make sure that it gets reported so that we can catch the people that are doing this," added mayor Gale Katchur. "We want to put a stop to vandalism in Fort Saskatchewan."
Anyone with information about this investigation, or similar incidents should contact the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP at 780-997-7900 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.