Mounties in Campbell River are investigating after an Oyster River daycare was broken into and trashed.
According to the Campbell River RCMP, an unknown number of suspects broke into the daycare at Oyster River Elementary School at around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 and trashed the place.
RCMP say the suspects caused a significant amount of destruction by breaking the fridge, television, stereo, and other items. They also say the suspects drizzled maple syrup around the room and threw eggs from a fridge.
Nothing was taken and RCMP believe the suspects are youths, noting that three youths on dirt bikes were witnessed in the “school area” at the time of the incident.
Const. Maury Tyre, media relations officer with the Campbell River RCMP, said in a press release that the individual or individuals responsible need to be held accountable for their behaviour.
“Crimes like this, directed at small businesses are absolutely deplorable and the individual/individuals need to be held accountable before their behaviour escalates,” said Tyre.
Small crimes can often lead to bigger crimes if individuals are not caught and held accountable for their actions, added Tyre.
“If people do small crimes without being stopped and held accountable, they progress to larger crimes much easier. Although we recognize it is the nature of parents to want to protect their young people from negative consequences in life, it’s also important for them to be accountable for wrongdoing,” explained Tyre. “As most would agree, what we really want for our kids is that they grow up to be happy and good people. Letting young people get away with actions like this is not a step in the right direction.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221.