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Kelowna park lights vandalized again

More than two dozen more glass light fixtures have been vandalized in a Kelowna park over the last week.
December 05, 2017 - 9:44 AM

KELOWNA – More $1,000 light fixtures were vandalized near Kelowna’s Waterfront Park over the weekend.

Vandals smashed 23 of the glass light fixtures the night of Nov. 28, but RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says additional lights were damaged early Dec. 2.

“According to the investigator, approximately a half a dozen more lamps were believed to be damaged,” he says in an email. “The lamps were located in the same general area, surrounding the pathways at Tugboat Bay Park.”

RCMP investigators are working to link the two criminal acts but haven’t yet received any tip.

City of Kelowna Parks supervisor Ted Sophonow said the custom made light fixtures cost the city roughly $1,000 each when they were made and installed in the early 1990s, but they are looking at cheaper alternatives for the replacement.

Removing the old fixtures and installing new ones could take months, he says.

The investigation continues but no tips have been received and police urge anyone with information to call police at 250-762-3300 or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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