Journal of the San Juan Islands


Town offers $250 reward for arrest in vandalism spree

January 17, 2013 · Updated 10:46 AM

The shattered planter shown here is one of four destroyed in an apparent string of vandalism in the alley way between Spring Street and Sunshine Alley, in Friday Harbor. / Contributed photo

The Town of Friday Harbor is offering a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the person, or people, who in late November tipped over and shattered four large planters in the breezeway that connects Spring Street and Sunshine Alley.

The planters were damaged beyond repair in an apparent case of recurring vandalism in the early morning hours of Nov. 19, Nov. 24 and, most recently, on Jan. 13.

The town is offering the reward as a means to put an end to the disregard and destruction of public property, Town Adminstrator Duncan Wilson said in a prepared statement.

"The purpose of offering this reward is to stop the ongoing destruction of valuable property belonging to the citizens, and to ensure that these activities do not escalate to other serious offenses," Wilson said.

Replacement and resetting of the planters cost the town roughly $1,000, Wilson added.

"We cannot allow these crimes to be tolerated and should assist the Sheriff in their investigation."

The town asks that anyone with information about destruction of the planters contact the Sheriff's Department during business hours, (360) 378-4151.


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