Seniors being victimized in Amherst Nova Scotia

Christopher Gooding
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AMHERST – The Amherst 50-plus Club can’t get a break, unless its their own windows.

After replacing vandalized windows at the Amherst 50-plus Club on Croft Street, members Judy Boudreau and Merrill Murray were disheartened to learn someone targeted the seniors’ facility again over the weekend.

The Croft Street clubhouse just replaced the majority of its windows a few short months ago after vandals shot them out with a BB gun, but over the weekend the yet-to-be apprehended culprit returned and shot out the replacements.

“As far as we can tell it was Saturday night,” Merrill Murray said. “I was here for our 45s tournament on Friday, and the girls came in Sunday and noticed it. We just spent $1,300 three months ago to replace them.”

The new windows were special ordered with reinforced metal mesh, Merrill said, and good thing too. The BBs didn’t penetrate the glass, which could have sent shards into the building, but the damage is obvious and will need to be replaced, along with vinyl siding that was also shot and an outdoor light.

The clubhouse, which caters to the community’s seniors, grandparents and the elderly is increasing frustrated with what Murray described as juvenile delinquency and abuse towards the community seniors.

“The people who are doing this, how would they feel if when we find out who they are and did it to them? Because that’s what they are doing to their grandmothers and grandfathers. That’s who is here.”

Police have been notified of the damage to the front and side of the building, but Murray says the destruction of the seniors facility has been an ongoing issue for years. Now that a gun is being involved, he fears for public safety, especially the suspect behind the damage.

“What are the parents doing that they don’t know if their kid is out with a BB gun? Especially at night. At night, if you have a gun the police are going to draw real guns. It’s a dangerous thing.”

Anyone with information on this or any other crime in the local area are asked to contact Amherst Police at (902) 667-7227.

Geographic location: Amherst Nova Scotia, Croft Street

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  • johnatron
    July 31, 2014 - 11:47

    how do u know its youth also it would take a better thing then a bb gun to puncture metal mesh it has to be pellets and even then it would have to be a rifle and there no where but canaidian tire that sells them

  • SC
    July 30, 2014 - 16:10

    When is this going to end ? The Town and Police need to start to take this seriously. I live in this area and my house was shot at over 100 times with a BB gun over the Christmas break- I saw this "gang" of shooters myself, 5 youth- 3 guns- 2 rifle style 1 hand gun style. The police stopped and questioned one of them, after I called seeing them- standing in the middle of the street like in a movie shooting at all the homes - not a care in the world. Nothing was ever done by the police department, as minors, and since wearing hats and hoods ( winter) I was not able to 100 percent identify so nothing was ever done. The police did not take it seriously- several days before getting around to taking my statement did not come to recover the 100 + pellets, look at the many tracks in my back yard.... nothing. Since then a cat has been killed in this area with a BB gun, and still nothing.... Enough is Enough- the citizens of this town need to call for a Ban on these types of weapons... charge parents if they need to- but there is NO REASON EVER that a BB gun is needed within the town limits. Time to take action- pressure your town council and the police to take this seriously. - I am sure if I used the over 100 pellets I now have in this type of weapon, to shoot back at the minors who are doing the vandalism and destruction of local property that I would be charged... This has to END.

  • KC
    July 29, 2014 - 19:46

    Numerous homes in that area also have been shot at. As well as a cat. The police are aware but thus far nothing has been done.

  • Jules
    July 29, 2014 - 16:52

    How do you know it was a kid or youth? Adults commit acts of vandalism as well.