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Realtor says 'Dumbest criminals in Vernon' video was great advertising but no charges yet

Image Credit: FACEBOOK: John Deak
November 07, 2020 - 3:31 PM

While no one has been charged and police say its investigation is still ongoing, the realtor who posted a surveillance video of his sign being vandalized under the heading "the dumbest criminals in Vernon" says he made the most of a cruddy situation.

Royal LePage realtor John Deak posted the surveillance video of an individual vandalizing one of his realtor signs in late August and the video quickly racked up more than 37,000 views on Facebook.

"It cost me about $700 (to fix the sign) and it was some of the best advertising I ever paid for," Deak told

Deak's vandalized sign advertised The Vines Okanagan at The Rise, and in the last two months, he's sold three of the properties and has offers in on two more.

"It's a surprise for sure," Deak said.

Deak posted the surveillance video of his sign being busted and added background music reminiscent of the circus, ridiculing the two cars loads of young men that showed up at the sign. He nicknamed the individual who repetitively punches his sign "Tiny Gangsta."

Deak then handed the footage to the RCMP.

Deak admitted he'd forgotten to follow up with police about how the case was going, as he'd been too busy dealing with an incredibly hot real estate market and selling houses. The three homes at The Vines Okanagan he just sold had a combined value of $2.2 million.

"To use a standard metaphor, I turned lemons into lemonade," Deak said.

While the surveillance video is relatively clear, Vernon RCMP says no charges have been laid at this time.

"A suspect has been identified and the investigation is ongoing to determine if any criminal charges are substantiated," Vernon RCMP spokesperson Chris Terleski said in an email.

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