West Shore RCMP arrest bathroom vandals who burned names into toilet seat

West Shore RCMP arrest bathroom vandals who burned names into toilet seat

West Shore RCMP say two people were arrested after allegedly vandalizing a public bathroom in Langford this week, leaving their names burned into a toilet seat.

Police were called to Centennial Park on Carlow Road on Thursday, Sept. 1, for a well-being check of two people lying on the ground near a tennis court.

“A bystander had reportedly witnessed the individuals ingesting drugs in the public bathroom at the park and was concerned for their wellbeing,” RCMP said in a news release Friday.

According to police, officers located a 40-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, who allegedly appeared to be under the influence of drugs but were not in medical distress.

Police say a search of the bathroom revealed the names of the man and woman burned into a toilet seat, with a garbage can removed from the bathroom and found next to the suspects.

“We take vandalism seriously as it affects the enjoyment of all park goers,” said Cpl. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP media relations officer.

“The bystander’s quick call to the police, along with our prompt response, meant that we were able to locate the suspects. We want to thank the bystander for calling us right away,” added Saggar.

Police arrested both suspects for mischief under $5000, however, the man admitted to vandalizing the property on his own.

He was later released from custody with conditions not to attend the park and must appear in court on Oct. 13, while the woman was released without charges.


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