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Graffiti caper at Kelowna City Hall triggers a $1,500 reward

This latest attack of graffiti on Kelowna City Hall has triggered a $1,500 reward.
November 12, 2020 - 3:09 PM

A $1,500 reward has been offered to anyone who can help identify graffiti vandals in the City of Kelowna.

The most recent high profile vandalism was on Nov. 11 when words critical of COVID-19 rules were painted onto a wall of Kelowna City Hall.

READ MORE: Kelowna police release photo of person of interest in City Hall graffiti caper

That followed a similar attack on Oct. 27 and is part of what seems to be a recent increase in graffiti vandalism, Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers Coordinator Gerry Guiltenane told iNFOnews.ca.

“(The City Hall vandalism) spurred the amount of the reward,” he said, noting there has been an increase in such acts in city parks and in Rutland.

Normally $500 is offered for such information but the reward has now been increased to $1,500.

He’s hoping someone will come forward and identify a man captured in a video of the Nov. 11 City Hall incident but the reward could go to someone providing information on other graffiti artists instead.

The RCMP has video footage of both incidents at City Hall but have not released any information from the first one.

“In this case, the city was able to provide us with surveillance video of someone that could be directly linked to that whereas, for the first incident, we’re still reviewing surveillance video from the surrounding area,” RCMP communications officer Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy told iNFOnews.ca.

A still photo pulled from the video shows a partially masked man.

Earlier this year, pictures of the “bum crack tagger” in Rutland showed a man tagging with his pants pulled almost to his knees, Guiltenane said.

That did lead to that man being identified. He didn’t know how that case had been resolved.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers 1.800.222.8477 or leave an anonymous tip online at www.crimestoppers.net.


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