Reward offered for info, arrest, conviction in weekend vandalism spree

The Town of Friday Harbor is offering a reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for an episode of vandalism on the weekend of March 1.

Much of the damage was done by spray paint, according to San Juan County Sheriff's Department, and the list of targets include Friday Harbor Elementary School, the Head Start building near the elementary school, the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church pre-school building, Kingdom Hall, and the Homes for Islanders project on Grover Street. In addition, 11 tires were slashed on vehicles in the area where the vandalism occurred.

"A lot of people have been hurt by these senseless acts," Sheriff Rob Nou said in a press release. "It is truly unfortunate that several of the targets of the vandalism, particularly the school and Head Start will have to redirect resources away from services to local children in order to repair this damage."

Damage estimates are still being compiled, Nou said.

The town has established a reward fund totaling $2,000, at this time, with contributions from local businesses and individuals.

Donations can be made to the Reward Fund, which will be held in the town’s trust account. If there are no suspects within six months the monies will be returned to those who donated, according to a town press release.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 378-4151; the sheriff's office also has an anonymous tip line, 370-7629.

Contact Duncan Wilson, town administrator, with questions about the Reward Fund, 378-2810.



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