Vandals target Train Station Inn

Sherry Martell
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One youth caught on camera

Tatamagouche - If Jimmie LeFresne hadnt taken time to smell the flowers yesterday morning the identity of a young vandal may still be a mystery.

Tatamagouche - If Jimmie LeFresne hadnt taken time to smell the flowers yesterday morning the identity of a young vandal may still be a mystery.

The owner of the Train Station Inn was admiring the unseasonable bloom of a purple lupin next to the boardwalk running alongside his cabooses with a camera in hand, when he saw the arm of a young boy reach for the water valve beneath the caboose .

I turned the camera on him and waited, and he looked right at me, said LeFresne.

The inn and its cabooses have been targeted by vandals several times in recent weeks, because of its location parallel to the Trans-Canada Trail.

Electrical connections powering refrigerators have been disconnected, graffiti painted on cabooses, and water valves have been turned off or broken.

Its frustrating because there is no need of it, for anybody to be doing this, said LeFresne.

Its annoying to our guests they wake up in the morning with no water.

Before LeFresne noticed the vandals at work, they had turned water valves off in at least three cabooses and turned one on in a historic train car currently under renovation causing a flood of water inside on antique hardwood floors.

Cpl. Jim Baird said in the past two months there has been a rash of vandalism in the community.

These individuals have been identified by police and charges will be laid, said Baird.

However, the investigation is continuing.

Organizations: Train Station Inn, Trans-Canada Trail

Geographic location: Tatamagouche

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