Alberta learning centre described as ’disaster zone’ after suspected vandalism

A New Brunswick man is facing charges after vandalism at a community learning centre west of Edmonton that police think may have resulted in tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

STONY PLAIN — A New Brunswick man is facing charges after vandalism at a community learning centre west of Edmonton that police think may have resulted in tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

RCMP say computers and other equipment was smashed and a water fountain was pulled from the wall during a break-in at the Connections For Learning Centre in Stony Plain on Saturday morning.

Kelly Wilkins, deputy superintendent of the Parkland School Division, says the building is a disaster zone.

Classes have been cancelled until at least Wednesday, while the school division is looking at ways to house some of the alternative programming offered at the centre for roughly 130 students.

RCMP say a 25-year-old suspect who is not believed to have any connection to the centre was arrested after a police dog tracked his scent back to the building.

Grant Butland, who is charged with break and enter, assault and mischief over $5,000, will appear Wednesday in a Stony Plain court.

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