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Habitat ReStore vandal sought

Brock St. building spray painted
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Barrie Police will be reviewing security camera video of a man caught on tape spray painting the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

The vandalism was discovered around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon but police say it happened at 4:40 a.m. Sunday.

The video shows the exterior of the store at 128 Brock Street being damaged with spray paint. 

"He spray painted the sides of two trailers, the west side door of business and the west side and front of building then discarded the paint can and left," said Barrie Police Const Nicole Rodgers.

"He also spray painted the handicapped parking signs. There were some obscenities written but the majority of it was just squiggles and painting over signage." 

The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens.

He was wearing a blue ball cap, beige jacket with stripes, blue jeans and grey shoes.

Habitat for Humanity Huronia CEO Ken Kirk didn't feel Habitat was the target - just the building.

"Somebody decided to vent their frustration in life and took it out on us. I would say very categorically that that's a good example of what happens around the season. There's a lot of people out there that are hurting and this is just someone venting frustration," said Kirk. 

"PureClean came in within a couple of hours so virtually all the profanity is gone. I'm happy to say it was paint. I feel fortunate that the anger or whatever that person was going through was cosmetic."

Habitat is checking with its insurance company about a damage estimate.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Barrie Police.



Sue Sgambati

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