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UPDATE:Vandals hit Stettler over weekend

UPDATE: The story has been updated to include the arrest of three minors believed responsible for the vandalism.

Members of the Stettler RCMP detachment are on the hunt after a rash of vandalism in the community over the weekend.

Beginning about midnight on March 20, members received multiple calls for graffiti in the community at several businesses and schools.

The RCMP detachment itself was targeted as well.

Due to the vandalism in all the instances being done with the same black and blue paint, and one of the businesses catching three individuals on camera, police believe all the incidents are linked.

The graffiti scrawled on the buildings was a variety of racial slurs, swastikas, swear words and the number 666.

“People want to feel safe in the community,” said RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Troy Savinkoff.

“Acts like this makes people feel unsafe, but it looks like the businesses are working hard to get the graffiti removed from their property.”

The only description given by RCMP is that the vandalism appears to have been done by three individuals under the age of 18.

Members of the Stettler RCMP detachment are investigating the incident.

The Stettler RCMP provided an update on the vandalism on March 22.

According to the update, three youth were identified and subsequently charged with multiple charges of Mischief under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

As the investigation is continuing, S/Sgt Bruce Holliday, the Stettler RCMP detachment commander, notes that the youth “may be facing additional charges.”

As all three are under the age of 18, they cannot be identified.

All three youth have orders to appear in Stettler Court in the near future.

Anyone with information on this or other suspected crimes can call the detachment at 403-742-3381.

For those wishing to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), via the p3tips app on the Google or Apple stores or online at www.p3tips.com.

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