The Strathmore RCMP have been investigating numerous acts of vandalism on the Pride Crosswalk that is located at the Municipal Building on the north entrance off of Park Lane Dr.
The first vandalism act happened two weeks ago on September 23 where a single pickup truck on two separate occasions spun it’s tires through the crosswalk leaving rubber tracks on the surface and damaged the paint. The owner of the truck was found and issued a fine of $1,200.
The following weekend, three pickup trucks spun their tires in similar fashion through the crosswalk leaving rubber marks and further damaging the paint. During some of these incidents, passengers could be seen leaning out the windows filming the act.
The first three incidents were perpetrated by a 2012-2015 model Black Chevrolet lifted diesel crew cab pickup truck with low profile tires and distinctive chrome rims.
The fourth incident was done by a White 2010-2020 model Ford Super Duty extended cab diesel pickup truck on October 1 at 12 in the morning and the fifth and sixth incident was perpetrated by a late 90’s to early 2000’s Grey or Matte Black Ford F150 single cab with no box on October 1 at 10 at night.
Detachment Commander Strathmore RCMP Staff Sergeant Mark Wielgosz said that the Senseless acts of vandalism such as this is an insult to those who contributed to painting the crosswalk while interfering with the public’s ability to enjoy damage free public property.
"Regardless of what the motivation of those involved were; acts such as this are offensive and harmful to the LGBTQ2S+ community whom this crosswalk was intended to show support and solidarity with. I am hopeful public support to help identify those involved will help to bring this repeated and senseless damage to an end."
Strathmore RCMP would like to seek the public’s assistance in identifying those involved in this past weekend’s vandalism. Anyone with information, dashcam footage, or video footage is encouraged to contact Strathmore RCMP or submit their information anonymously though Crime Stoppers.
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