Geraldton Ranger vehicle vandalised for third time

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Geraldton Police are hunting a vandal who was caught on camera splattering paint on a City of Greater Geraldton ranger vehicle – the third attack of its kind in 12 months, which has cost ratepayers a combined sum of almost $20,000.

The City of Greater Geraldton released CCTV footage of the latest incident on its Facebook page in an attempt to help identify the culprit.

The footage, which was captured early on Tuesday morning, shows the dark figure of a person creeping into the Administration Centre carpark on Sanford Street, before doing their dirty work.

The damage resulted in a repair bill of over $4000 and the vehicle had to be taken off the road for a week.

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City of Greater Geraldton chief executive Ross McKim said the previous two cases of vandalism had also involved paint being thrown on the same vehicle.

“The first incident was gloss paint and the vehicle was out for one month, while the second was hammer tone paint and the car was out for eight weeks,” he said.

Mr McKim said the incidents had “negatively affected the response capability of our ranger services”.

The police have been notified and we are working together to prevent this happening again,” he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Geraldton police on 99234555 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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