Motive unclear after man caught kicking side-view mirrors in Vernon

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VERNON - A man in his late 30s was charged with mischief after allegedly walking up and down the street in Vernon kicking the side view mirrors on vehicles last weekend.

A member of the public contacted Vernon RCMP around 9:25 p.m. Feb. 7 after noticing what the man was doing, RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says. The bystander initially saw the man kicking other peoples’ cars, and eventually realized his own vehicle had also been damaged.

Noseworthy says the passenger side mirrors on nine cars along 30 Avenue were damaged.

Police arrested Jason Kuiper, 37, and charged him with mischief. Kuiper made court appearance and has been released on conditions. So far, police aren’t sure what the motive was.

“He certainly hasn’t given us a good answer for why he would wander up and down both sides of the street kicking peoples’ side mirrors,” Noseworthy says.

Kuiper has had previous dealings with the RCMP, she says.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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