A man was caught on security video vandalizing property belonging to SteamPunk Café and police want the public’s help in identifying him.
The incident took place on Monday, Sept, 9. The man was observed walking by the the popular Third Avenue café when he stopped, pulled out a ceramic planter that was bolted down outside the business, and smashed it onto the ground.
Police are asking anyone who has any information about the individual responsible for this act of vandalism to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
“This is yet another example of willful and senseless damage in our community,” RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said.
Seemingly small incidents of vandalism have a cumulative financial effect over time, and have negative impacts on the entire business community, Allan added.
“Business owners who suffer repeated vandalism are often forced to remove property that they install for the purpose of beautifying both their businesses and the area, which has negative consequences that reach far beyond the business district.”