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Sun coverage helps find Criddle Vane culprits

The Big House at the Criddle-Vane Homestead south of CFB Shilo is seen after vandals caused damage to the provincial heritage park.

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The Big House at the Criddle-Vane Homestead south of CFB Shilo is seen after vandals caused damage to the provincial heritage park.

Carberry RCMP have credited news coverage by the Brandon Sun and CTV News regarding extensive damage to the Criddle Vane Homestead for helping to find the culprits responsible.

Smashed walls are visible in one of the homes at the Criddle-Vane Homestead south of CFB Shilo after vandals caused damage to the provincial heritage park.

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Smashed walls are visible in one of the homes at the Criddle-Vane Homestead south of CFB Shilo after vandals caused damage to the provincial heritage park. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

Due to the news coverage of the extensive and systematic damage caused to the property, RCMP say they received tips from concerned citizens regarding suspects.

The ongoing police investigation revealed that five rural Brandon area youths were responsible for part of the damage to the property. These five youths were dealt with by police under the Youth Criminal Justice Act and were deferred to the John Howard Society Community Justice Committee in Brandon, according to a Wednesday press release.

All five youths actively participated in the consequences established by the Justice Committee, which ranged from 24 hours of community service at the Criddle Vane Provincial heritage Site, to a $300 donation to the Criddle Vane Committee, which maintains the site. 

As they are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the names of these youths will not be made public.

The damage had been systematically caused over the past summer, fall and early winter of 2011 and involved vandals smashing windows, marking and damaging walls and doors with the "St-Albans" House and other outbuildings located on the property.

The RCMP continue to monitor and investigate any damage caused to this isolated rural property and have asked for the public's assistance to further identify the vandals responsible.

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What a joke and a slap in the face!

These individuals caused EXTENSIVE DAMAGE and in turn for ALL of this horrible damage, they get 24 hours of community service and a $300.00 fine!

You must be JOKING!

How is this SENTENCE a DETERRENT for other young offenders?

Give me a break, here.

This sentence is VERY INAPPROPRIATE and DOES NOT FIT the crime!

These youths should be held RESPONSIBLE to pay for ALL of the costs for ALL damage caused.

My own underage son did something stupid and got in trouble while I was away from Brandon, teaching elsewhere.

I told the BCP that I wanted him and ALL of the other underage youth involved to be RESPONSIBLE and to pay for ALL of the damages that they incurred.

The BCP and the judge obliged and ALL of these youth were held RESPONSIBLE to pay for ALL of the damages which they incurred.

THIS is the way to go and not this other slap on the wrist.

How is THIS PUNISHMENT a deterrent to other young offenders for their crimes?

Get those youth to get a JOB, earn money and pay for EVERY single piece of damage which they caused.

Then make them go back there, supervised of course, and help to CLEAN UP and REPAIR some of the damage which they caused in the first place.

Give me a break, here.

NO WONDER we have the things happening that happen within our world!

My goodness already, GET TOUGH with these young offenders, already.

What an ABSOLUTE joke this sentence is!

This sentence shows NO serious consequences for VERY inappropriate actions.

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