Three men are facing charges after being accused of vandalizing Sylvan Lake’s Winter Village light display earlier this month.
Sylvan Lake RCMP said around 1 a.m. on Jan. 13 vandals damaged lights, equipment and displays in the Winter Village in the pier area of the lakeshore park. Electrical cords and light strings were broken and damaged and light tunnels thrown on to the ice in the destructive spree that caused more than $1,000 in damage.
A member of the town’s Winter Village Committee called the vandalism “heartbreaking.” A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for repairs and had raised $1,365 towards its $10,000 goal as of Thursday.
RCMP said they got help from the community in identifying the culprits.
“Once identified, the three co-operated with the RCMP,” said police.
“I am grateful to the Sylvan Lake community who provided valuable assistance in helping the RCMP solve this crime” said Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment commander Staff Sgt. Jeff McBeth.
“Our Winter Village is something our town is very proud of and celebrated by so many people. The damage caused was shocking, but as always, Sylvan Lakers pulled together.”
Jonathan Arsenault, 20, and Devin Mainville, 20; both of Sylvan Lake, and Jonathan Bouchard, 21, of the Sylvan Lake area, are each facing one count of mischief.
Arsenault will be in Red Deer provincial court on Feb. 19 and Bouchard and Mainville have March 2 court dates.