Coquitlam man in custody for tire slashing and vandalism

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A Coquitlam man has been arrested after an alleged vandalism spree that included spray painted buildings, vehicles getting scratched with keys, and vehicles getting their tires slashed.

“We are very sympathetic to the tremendous amount of hassle and expense this has been for the victims,” says Cpl. Michael McLaughlin with the Coquitlam RCMP. “We really appreciate the

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cooperation and patience we’ve had from the community as we identified a suspect.”

Most of the damage to vehicles and buildings occurred over a three-day period between January 24 and when the suspect was arrested on January 26. The 37-year-old suspect is in custody and faces five counts of mischief under $5,000 and 15 counts of fail to comply with recognizance.

Coquitlam RCMP is actively investigating potential links between this recent vandalism and similar crimes that stretch back to December 2017. In total, more than 100 vehicles or buildings were damaged.

Anyone who has not yet spoken to police and believes that they have been victimized is encouraged to call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550.