Charges are pending against an individual who went on a rampage Wednesday night, tearing out lengths of the chain link fence and damaging the gates of the Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Const. Tommy de Roos said he received a call early Wednesday morning of an alleged break in at Home Hardware. As it turns out, the store was not broken into, but the damage to the fence and gates, as well as to several road signs along Hwy. 53 was obvious.
Const. de Roos is grateful for the help of some quick thinking residents who helped him locate the vehicle north of town that was obviously involved in the vandalism.
“A chain link fence was attached to it,” he said. “Charges are pending and we have a suspect,” he added. “We really appreciated the help of the public for solving this one.”
Rimbey acting CAO Donna Tona said she believes there is about $18,000 damage as a result of the rampage.
“The chain link fence was destroyed, the gate was damaged as were hedges and two Spruce trees will have to come down,” she said. “It’s disgusting. I’m just grateful the cemetery wasn’t breached.”
Tona noted such vandalism means public works staff has to spend time repairing the damage, putting them behind schedule in getting their own work done.
She said there was also damage to signs on a Ponoka County road and the county has been notified.