Windsor man, 53, arrested after home windows damaged at 13 companies

A 53-year-old Windsor man is dealing with mischief costs in relation to quite a lot of incidents the place companies in and across the downtown space had home windows smashed.

Windsor police mentioned the incidents occurred between Nov. 23 and Dec. 29 final yr at 13 companies.

On the scenes, officers “discovered metallic nuts scattered about on the bottom close to the shattered home windows, main them to consider the fasteners had been used to trigger the injury,” police mentioned in a information launch issued Tuesday.

Police estimate the full value of the injury is greater than $12,600.

Police mentioned officers “decided that the identical suspect was accountable for all 13 incidents” by trying by way of surveillance footage.

The person was arrested on Feb. 16 and has been charged with 13 counts of mischief beneath $5,000.

Police didn’t determine which particular companies had been affected in these incidents, however a number of downtown institutions have spoken to CBC Information in current months concerning the frustration of getting their home windows damaged.

The proprietor of Lefty’s on the O, Jim Arbour, mentioned final month that the glass at his enterprise had been damaged by somebody throwing lug nuts.

Coun. Renaldo Agostino, proven in a file picture, represents the downtown Ward 3 in Windsor. (Dale Molnar/CBC)

Renaldo Agostino, councillor for the downtown space and a enterprise proprietor himself, mentioned he was glad to listen to somebody had been arrested.

“I’ve by no means seen any such destruction [allegedly] attributable to one single particular person utilizing the identical instruments over and over,” he mentioned.

“It was nearly like there was a vendetta towards small companies.”

Agostino mentioned what unfolded through the investigation was an “experiment” in how expertise may help clear up crimes like this.

“The rationale that this bought resolved is since you had an unimaginable police pressure working at this, however you additionally had a extremely good safety footage and actually good enterprise house owners that every one work collectively to seize this particular person,” he mentioned.

However he additionally mentioned measures some have taken, like hiring safety guards at evening, are short-term options.

“I feel it is bought to be wrapped up into extra than simply placing a number of safety guards out on the road,” he mentioned.

“I feel there’s bought to be a much bigger plan and one thing extra inclusive of help relatively than simply placing a number of safety guards on the market on the block at nighttime.”

Bar proprietor requires helps

Tom Lucier, proprietor of Phog Lounge, additionally had two home windows damaged in current months. He mentioned the repairs and substitute glass value him about $2,000.

However he identified that the vandalism is not going away as a result of one man has been arrested.

Phog Lounge proprietor Tom Lucier, proven in a file picture, says the person arrested in relation to the damaged home windows is an ‘outlier’ and is not emblematic of the bigger situation: psychological well being, addictions and homelessness. (Jason Viau/CBC)

“That is the factor that retains getting ignored: That man was such an outlier,” he mentioned Tuesday.

“The people who find themselves inflicting quite a lot of the vandalism, and it’s extremely random, it is by way of manic episodes, psychological well being issues.… We completely miss the purpose when one thing like this comes out.”

Lucier mentioned the entrance window and door to the lounge had been spray painted purple earlier this week and he would not assume policing or safety are the solutions to those issues.

“Police cannot be there to stop these items. There must be an precise wholesale buy-in to caring for the folks on the streets,” he mentioned.

“The truth that’s not being completed, it is simply getting worse and worse.”

He mentioned among the blame lies with folks in energy and the voters that put them there.

“We’ve got not elected compassionate folks.”