Surveillance cameras have provided Mounties with a basic description of a man suspected of vandalizing at least 25 vehicles in north Maple Ridge in the early morning hours on Sunday, Feb. 16. Contributed

Tires slashed in weekend vandalism spree

At least 25 vehicles were damaged overnight Saturday to Sunday in a north Maple Ridge neighbourhood

Several Maple Ridge residents reported seeing or being awoken by a vandal who struck in a residential neighbourhood, late Saturday night or early Sunday.

Ridge Meadows Mounties reported at least 25 incidents of mischief to vehicles, consisting of slashing of tires, or punctures, that occurred overnight in the vicinity of Morse Crescent and 224th Street – near Abernethy Way.

“We yelled at him to go away, and [he] mumbled something and left,” a resident noted on the RCMP Facebook page.

The alleged suspect is described as having a heavy build; 50 to 55 years of age, with short, grey hair and a black ball cap. He’s also described as wearing dark- blue or black track pants with a white stripe, a black jacket, with a grey hoodie-style sweatshirt underneath and to be wearing black shoes with what appear to be red soles.

RCMP are seeking the public’s help in identifying an alleged suspect, but moreover, they’re interested in any other security camera footage from the area overnight Saturday to Sunday.

“At this point we have no idea what this person’s motive was,” said Const. Julie Klaussner, in a Tuesday press release, “In some cases, all four tires on a vehicle were damaged.

“This has caused a huge amount of inconvenience for our victims and we empathize with how they must be feeling right now.

“We have the evidence, somebody knows who this person is, and it’s only a matter of time before someone comes forward to help us identify this suspect.”

In the meantime, some area residents responded on the RCMP Facebook.

“I hope he gets caught, grrrrrrr!!!!,” said Kelly Costa.

“Me too, but as we all know, nothing will happen to him,” added Levin Loftus-Ugolini.

“Gross! I have an alarm thank God. Maybe it’s time! This town is horrendous now!” added Cynn Ann.

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