$50k bill for vandals' damage
AN ATTACK of vandalism estimated to have caused about $50,000 worth of damage to the home of two elderly Caniaba residents during a break-in this week was likely the result of a case of mistaken identity, police have said.
The vandals broke into the home at Chitticks Avenue around 10am on Tuesday, causing extensive damage throughout the house, including offensive graffiti on the walls and the destruction of furniture and fittings.
Police said abusive graffiti throughout the house led them to believe the attack was motivated by a personal vendetta.
“But it appears offenders have got the wrong house,” Richmond Local Area Command Detective Sergeant Bernadette Ingram said.
“The elderly victims are obviously upset by the attack and are at loss as to how their house came to be mistakenly targeted.”
Det Sgt Ingram said crime scene officers had been through the house and were now awaiting the results of fingerprint and DNA tests in the hope of identifying the criminals.
However, police were also keen for help for any members of the public with knowledge of the vandal attack.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.