RCMP issue open letter after apparent summer vacation boredom spawns vandalism

Mounties in two Edmonton-area communities are asking parents to keep a close eye on their children after a several acts of vandalism since school ended for the summer.

SPRUCE GROVE — Mounties in two Edmonton-area communities are asking parents to keep a close eye on their children after a several acts of vandalism since school ended for the summer.

RCMP in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain have issued an open letter, saying officers have responded to more than 30 incidents in the past two weeks.

The crimes include deliberately set fires, damaged playgrounds, spray-painting and tipped mailboxes.

Police say a handful of youths are responsible and that some arrests have been made.

Their letter says the vandalism ties up resources that could be needed in emergencies.

They’re asking parents to better supervise youth and hold them accountable for their actions.

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