Neepawa has been hit by a series of vandalism.
Early last week two buildings, one vehicle and Town property were all the targets of overnight vandalism.
Authorities believe the incidents are all related and occurred between 2-6 a.m. Tuesday morning. No suspects have been arrested in relation to the events, and the RCMP continue investigation into the matter.
Receiving the blunt of the damage was the Roxy Theatre, where vandal(s) smashed the windows and broke the wooden strips on its entrance doors, gaining entry into the theatre. RCMP said there was no damage incurred inside the building, but the suspect(s) are believed to have stolen several candy bars and pop.
The vandalism at the theatre came only days before the Neepawa Theatre Centre's (NTC) 25th anniversary celebrations planned for this past weekend. The incident also follows a year where the NTC raised over $100,000 to upgrade its theatre to digital and 3D capabilities.
Now, the NTC is faced with an estimated $4,500 in damage and have been forced to board up all the doors at its entrance.
“It's so disappointing when we had the community come out and support the Roxy like they have over the past year, that a small group of people have decided to come out and do this,” the NTC's Marilyn Dietrich explained. “It might take three to four weeks, or more than a month until we are able to get the new windows.
“And the wooden strips that were broken are part of what makes us a heritage building, so it's hard to find a craftsman to replace or repair them to preserve that.”
The same night, vandal(s) broke a window pane on the front doors at the Neepawa United Church. The damage estimates to the building weren't yet available as of the press deadline.
A vehicle was also 'keyed' – scratched with a set of keys – in a nearby residential area and several flower pots were uprooted along Mountain Avenue.
Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to call the Neepawa RCMP Detachment at (204) 476-7340.
Other reports from residents claim a post was torn from another residential property near the United Church, while the suspect(s) defocated on another property.